But what does winning look like under MMP/a system that creates coalitions?
Our 2017 visualisations didn’t do enough to make it explicit that although National had the most votes it didn’t mean they automatically formed a government.
There was no coalition builder
We started on it but based on the polls took a gamble and decided not to build it.
All you need is this
(This is probably a sign of a good electoral system)
The Electoral Commission provides the data as XML
I reckon the only (sensible) way to do this is push everything to a CDN
7pm on election night is very stressful
New Zealand Electoral geography is a pain
Each electorate has the same population so each electorate should take the same area on a map
Chris was not happy with it.
It also won’t be great on mobile.
Especially when there are 72 electorates!
I tried a few automatic layout approaches but:
In addition I wanted to include Māori electorates in the same make which broke many algorithms
I spent a lot of time looking at the General Electorates and Māori Elecotorates and lining up the tilemaps
And then sending the map to various people who hadn’t seen it to get first impressions
The 2020 tilemap was an evolution of our 2017 ones
Interestingly it wasn’t until we incorporated the corner triangles that showed the previous result that readers got really enthusistic about the tilemap
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