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Election mapping and reporting: Background


InstantAtlas dynamic reports are ideal for presenting election results and creating political and social atlases. The key feature of the product is its ability to create reports and maps at any geographic scale or coverage.  This allows local, regional, national or international organisations to deliver high quality, richly interactive outputs.


InstantAtlas is being used in this area for two purposes:-


  1. For the online public dissemination of election results through interactive reports. InstantAtlas reports are often pre-prepared, then published within minutes of election results being announced. These outputs are often termed election results maps or election results dashboards. They address the rising expectations of a citizen audience to view and interact with this data and are consistent with many of the interactive maps presented on mainstream news media web sites. Their ability to allow users to explore the data for themselves down to a localised level means they can engage communities and strengthen democratic processes. Our report templates are sufficiently flexible to handle a wide range of different voting systems including the appointment of multiple representatives per electoral district.


  1. For the creation of socio-political reports and atlases that offer more analytical capabilities.  These reports may highlight patterns and trends in voting behaviour often in relation to other socio-economic and political factors.  For example trends in party voting over time for a specific area or the relationship between levels of household income and political party votes.  The reports are less time-sensitive while reporting geography may not be electoral districts – the data may be re-organised to present it at other geographic levels. This type of application is often supported by agencies responsible for publishing electoral and other forms of statistics.


Examples of customer election results reports





































InstantAtlas helps city councils present 2011 local election data


As results from the May local elections in England are counted an analysed many councils have turned to InstantAtlas to help them explain the changes that have taken place. Presenting election data (showing which seats have been won and lost) in a visual format that is easy to understand is an important task for councils in their efforts to support local democracy.









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How mapping software was used to present up-to-the-minute results of the 2015 Catalan elections

The 2015 Catalan elections were seen by politicians as a tipping point in the future of Catalonia with 76 per cent of Catalonia’s 5.5 million voters going to the polls which was a record–breaking turnout.


After the votes were counted 62 seats in the Catalan parliament were won by Junts pel Si the main pro-independence party. Together with 10 seats won by a smaller nationalist party won pro-independence parties are now the biggest political force. The separatists say the victory means they have the backing of the people to form an independent Catalan state.


The election results were collected and presented as a dashboard by Esri Spain using InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder. Huffington Post ran an article highlighting the election map which were used to build a detailed picture of the results as they came in.

Interactive Electoral Atlas of Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Brandenburg Agency for Statistics (Landeswahlleiterin)

This dashboard maps the election results for the Berlin House of Representatives election in 2016.  Overall turnout and results for each of the seven major parties are presented by electoral district together with demographic structural data on the electorate for each district.

See recent Berliner Zeitung article, where the electoral atlas is employed

London  Mayoral and Assembly Elections Results 2016, Wards, Boroughs, Constituency

Scale:  Regional (London, England)


The Greater London Authority (GLA) is a strategic authority with a London-wide role to design a better future for the capital. It supports the work of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly in representing the interests of Londoners.


They used InstantAtlas to deliver easy to use, highly-interactive atlases for the Greater London local elections in 2010 at ward level


InstantAtlas provided a quick and easy, off-the-shelf tool for GLA to build interactive presentations of the results without using up valuable resources.


“We managed to get the election results out within a couple days which really shows the strength of InstantAtlas because there was a lot of data involved. Being able to present the data in a geographical format in such detail really helped us – it was a quick solution to reporting the results.”


Gareth Piggott, Senior Research and Statistical Analyst, Greater London Authority Intelligence unit


Read the GLA Story - 'How data visualization is helping the Greater London Authority meet its objectives'


New - 'Innovative election report uses virtual council chamber to show election results'


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