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New Dataset: State Legislative Elections, 1971-2016

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 2016. This database covers over 500 election/state/year combinations, and contains over 80,000 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, as well as Ballotpedia’s 2013 – 2016 election results.

For us, it’s a resource to analyze redistricting and gerrymandering. For you, it’s whatever you want to use it for. If you need technical assistance, please write to gerrymander@princeton.edu.

We’ll eventually combine these with information about the district maps under which each election was held. Stay tuned!

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