What is diversity in a democracy?

As Oakland prepares to finalize it’s new political boundaries for the next 8-10 years, we began exploring the available data from our local elections.  You often see statewide maps of county results and sometimes beautiful interactive maps from New York and Chicago, but we wanted to allow the public to explore the voting realities of their own city – Oaktown!  We created these interactive maps to show Oakland’s voting trends from 2010 and 2012 elections.


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The geographic units are called Statistical Precincts and they are the finest grained data available- you can see which candidates were highly regarded in each neighborhood and you can see where winning candidates built their base. This tells us a lot about our city and it’s elected representatives. This is the core of democracy for our city. So please explore, ask us about it, share it with others; we think it’s pretty interesting.

Follow along or make your own using the data from Alameda County and tools from the great people at Mapbox. Read the full article over on InfoAlamedaCounty.

By | 2013-12-27T13:21:23+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

About the Author:

Spike has research experience in community development, housing, criminology, spatial epidemiology and reentry issues. He speaks nationally about data driven decision making and was chosen as one of Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013. He’s a dad, husband and co-author for the new book on open public data: Beyond Transparency.

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