Iran Election Map
With all the analysis allegedly showing voter fraud in the election, I hadn’t come across any maps showing the vote counts in Iran. This is a rather strange oversight, since in the US, such a map is usually the centerpiece of news casts. [Update: I found a NYT graphic here.] So I was curious as to what the electoral map of Iran looks like. This map is a plain vanilla representation of the 2009 Iran election results (with all the flaws that come with such a representation). Data comes from www.chathamhouse.org.uk, a CSV-formatted version of which can be found at http://vis.cs.ucdavis.edu/~ogawa/code/. The map is modified from this image.
Ahmadinejad vs. Mousavi, 2009
I will work on some more views of the data that will hopefully make more of an impact. For example: Does the 2005 election map look similar or very different? Can we compare rural areas to urban ones? (I would love to get the county-level results, but that doesn’t seem likely.) What about ethnic groups and candidate home provinces? How can we show the two less-popular candidates on a map dominated by the two most-popular ones?
Also, province and major city labels will help, but I was up all night working on just this part. If anyone wants to volunteer to do x-y label coordinates, that would be much appreciated.
Ahmadinejad’s Percentages, 2005 & 2009
For these maps I only looked at one candidate’s results over two elections. The 2005 data comes from the first round of voting, where there were seven candidates and Ahmadinejad had about 20% of the vote. Unfortunately I cannot find the results for the second round of voting (which had similar allegations of fraud as 2009).
Mousavi’s Percentages, 2009
Karroubi’s Percentages, 2005 & 2009
Karroubi’s home province of Lorestan is clearly visible as the darkest area in 2005. But in 2009, only the slightest hint of blue remains.