Big day today, Elections Day! I know that a whole lot of people are anxious to see voting results not only at the federal and state level but also at the local level. Celebrating the historical importance of this day, I would like to share with you a new web site, Voting America, which presents the evolution of politics and voting in the United States across the span of American history. Created by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, Voting America provides cinematic and interactive maps for and analysis of the U.S. Presidential elections from 1840-2004, as well as election data to the county level (note that the loading of its interactive maps may slow down your computer – apparently they still need some work on this feature). The “Analysis and Commentary” section offers a series of wonderful videos from experts and historians for a view of political trends and developments throughout time.
How cool to think that today’s 2008 election results will soon be part of this historical record!