Everyone living in America, and perhaps the rest of the world too, is probably totally fed up by now with every TV news program showing those red-state blue-state election maps time after time after time. So here, for today's Maps on Monday feature, are two more maps, showing the US presidential election from slightly different perspectives.
The first map, courtesy of the New York Times, illustrates how the Electoral College system for presidential elections really works. It shows each state re-sized in proportion to the relative influence of the individual voters who live there. The numbers indicate the total delegates to the Electoral College from each state, and how many eligible voters a single delegate from each state represents.
Far from being a one man one vote system, the chart shows that a vote in Rhode Island counts for about twice as much as a vote in California, and a vote in Washington DC is worth three times a vote in Florida. Hmmm.
And here we have one projected outcome for tomorrow's election, courtesy of Frontloading HQ, using the familiar reds and blues in various hues, but now the each state has been re-sized in proportion to the number of Electoral College delegates it has.
This maps firmly places my prolifically blogging friends in New Mexico into their true insignificance, but also, unfortunately, demonstrates the huge power of my Californian and New York blogging friends in a way that is sure to go to their heads.
Have a good day tomorrow. And if you have a vote, use it wisely.