Follow these steps:
- Check on "Animate US Presidential Election Results", the last item in the KML folder.
- A Time Slider will appear on the upper right corner of Google Earth screen:
- Click on the clock icon on the left hand side of the time slider to open up the "Time" option window; adjust the Animation speed to be faster. Click OK.
- Hit the play button on the right and watch how voting patterns have changed over time from 1980 -2004!
Here are some of the interesting things we found by exploring these historical voting maps. Florida was a key state in 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry. You can check how each county voted in 2004 and then try to make your own projections of which way they will go this time.
Back in 1984, 49 states went to incumbent Ronald Reagan, with Walter Mondale only winning Minnesota, a state he previously represented and grew up in. You can view the voting breakdown for the state, and see what the margin was:
If you want to see more US election related news and maps, visit the Google Election page and Google Election 08 Map Gallery. There are more fun maps to browse, news to read, and useful tools to help you to stay informed.
Posted by Pete Giencke, Guirong Zhou, Wei Luo, Google Earth Team