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New Dataset: State Legislative Elections, 1971-2012

September 26th, 2017, 12:00pm by brian


I’m pleased to say that the Princeton Gerrymandering Project has just published a new dataset of state legislative elections from 1972 to 2012. This database covers over 500 election/state/year combinations, and contains over 72,000 elections. The election results can be downloaded here, and the code can be viewed on github. The dataset is based on Carl Klarner’s candidate-level state legislative data, cleaned to remove multi-member elections and other issues.

For us, it’s a resource to analyze redistricting and gerrymandering. For you, it’s whatever you want to use it for.

We’ll eventually combine these with information about partisan control to extend our gerrymandering analysis of legislative chambers, which currently spans 2012-2016. Stay tuned for that, as well as information about the district maps under which each election was held!

Tags: Redistricting

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