Colorado’s Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE) map wins plaudits ahead of award decision

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Colorado’s ACE program are winning plaudits from media as well as experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota ahead of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Innovation, Dedication, Excellence and Achievement in Service awards which will be announced in July.

This could be the third win a row for the state which has developed a first-of-its-kind electronic warehouse of elections-related information. Colorado used InstantAtlas to develop an interactive website which uses InstantAtlas to display quantitative and qualitative election data, making it freely available to the public. As well as voting behaviour of its 3.5 million active and inactive registered voters, interactive maps charts and tables include information on voting method, compliance with legal requirements, vote credit based on registered party affiliations, election costs and two types of voter registration statistics.

“I am so proud of our office, which continues to lead the nation on so many fronts, from online business registrations to election awards,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. “We really are an innovative state agency.”

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InstantAtlas helps city councils present local election data

As results from the May local elections in England are counted an analysed many councils have turned to InstantAtlas to help them explain the changes that have taken place. Presenting election data (showing which seats have been won and lost) in a visual format that is easy to understand is an important task for councils in their efforts to support local democracy.

One example is Nottinghamshire City Council which has already created reports based on election data.

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Statistical Office of the State Capital Stuttgart

The Statistical Office of Stuttgart provides access to a variety of data sets that are used by planning and decision makers to understand social and economic trends within the city. Statistics help them analyse current situations and issues in order to make good decisions for the future.

Background

The Statistical Office of Stuttgart provides access to a variety of data sets that are used by planning and decision makers to understand social and economic trends within the city. Statistics help them analyse current situations and issues in order to make good decisions for the future.

The Statistical Office currently has about 40 members of staff. We spoke to Michael Haussmann in the Department of Population and Elections. Michael says the department provides important figures and estimates regarding population, finances and social structure. “At the same time, we act as an election authority – we organise all general and council elections in Stuttgart. Our geographic information system is part of the geographical data infrastructure and we use this to visualise the data,” says Michael.

The Statistical Office of Stuttgart provides access to a variety of data sets that are used by planning and decision makers to understand social and economic trends within the city.

Getting started

The Statistical Office has good links with other statistical offices and the Department came across InstantAtlas at an early stage through colleagues in the Statistical Offices of Bremen and Hamburg. Michael says the reason they liked InstantAtlas was because conventional Web GIS Tools did not offer “multidimensional data cubes” for creating interactive dashboards and above all the department wanted to present the data in an easy to understand format.

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New election results report for Hamburg, Germany

Statistikamt Nord is the statistics agency for the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein and provides central statistical services.  They have been using InstantAtlas for the last two years to publish geographic breakdowns of their statistics online.

They have recently launched a new Election Results atlas for the districts of Hamburg which provide a comprehensive picture of voting behaviours for multiple political parties across the city.  The report presents the results of multiple elections from 2004.

Hamburg Election Results

Hamburg Election Results

InstantAtlas is ideal as an Election Results tool and has been used for this purpose by many public organisations.  One of the nice features of this report, new to InstantAtlas v.6, is the ability to control the style of presentation depending on the indicator selected.  So when the user selects the proportion of votes for different parties, the colours of the graphic elements change to reflect the political party colour.  Administrators that develop the reports now have the ability to control how best to present an indicator by default.  This means that tools allowing users to change the presentation style like the Legend button can, where appropriate, be removed thereby simplifying the interface.

The ability to configure the presentation of outputs on an indicator-by-indicator basis is ideal in situations where you want to tightly control how your data is presented to end-users.  This may well be the case, for example, where you are designing public facing reports aimed at citizen users.