Innovative election report uses virtual council chamber to show election results

South Kesteven Election Dashboard

South Kesteven District has developed an innovative election report with the help of InstantAtlas Professional Services which presents a virtual council chamber. The report includes an animation feature which allows users to view the council chamber and each elected seat, looping through the different seats automatically. The view frequency can be changed using a slider next to it. The results were shown on a large screen on election night to show how many seats each party had won. As well as the overall results, the report also includes details for each ward such as percentage turnout and total votes for each candidate.

You can find the report here:

Results for 2012 and last three London mayor and London local elections now available for tablet users


The Greater London Authority’s Intelligence Unit has for the first time made elections results for 2012 and the last three London mayoral elections and the 2012 London local elections available online and available to tablet users with data visualization software InstantAtlas.

The results of Mayoral, Assembly list, and Constituency member elections since 2000 are now available on the London Datastore ( Data can be viewed at three levels of geography – constituency, borough and ward.

As well as a Flash-based version of the report the results can be viewed in InstantAtlas’s new HTML5 template allowing non-Flash users the ability to interact with the results data across a range of devices such as iPads and other tablets. User will also be able to easily extract a link to the report and post on their own web sites.

Data includes:

  • the winner in each area (the candidate or party with most votes). This excludes second preference votes in the Mayoral election;
  • the winning majority (the highest number of votes minus the second highest number of votes); the percentage turnout figure (not available at ward level since the lowest geographical level that postal votes are registered is borough level);
  • the percentage of votes for each of the major parties.

Gareth Piggott, Senior Research and Statistical Analyst, General Statistics Team said: “This is the first time data from all three elections and all three levels of geography have been brought together for analysis in a single place. To make it easier to identify patterns and trends in the data, the results are presented using Instant Atlas mapping software, which also includes a data table, bar chart, and trend chart.”

Please note – The InstantAtlas HTML5 Template is currently scheduled for release late May 2012. However the release date is subject to change.

See the London Mayoral Election Results using the HTML 5 template

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.