Spatiotemporal database of US congressional elections, 1896-2014

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Abstract

High-quality historical data about US Congressional elections has long provided common ground for electoral studies. However, advances in geographic information science have recently made it efficient to compile, distribute, and analyze large spatio-temporal data sets on the structure of US Congressional districts. A single spatio-temporal data set that relates US Congressional election results to the spatial extent of the constituencies has not yet been developed. To address this, existing high-quality data sets of elections returns were combined with a spatiotemporal data set on Congressional district boundaries to generate a new spatio-temporal database of US Congressional election results that are explicitly linked to the geospatial data about the districts themselves.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Data
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • geography
  • government
  • politics

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