Election Mapping

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
Sponsor Groups: Cartography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 45
Organizers: David Retchless, James Thatcher
Chairs: James Thatcher


From districting to electioneering to mapping election results, maps play a critical role in shaping how we participate in and understand US elections. While these issues are always of importance to democracy and good governance, the confluence of the presidential election and the counting year for the decennial census has given them heightened salience this year.

With a focus on examples from the 2020 election and census, this virtual panel will consider the role of cartographic products and methods in a range of election-related issues, including:
• gerrymandering and drawing “better” districts;
• electoral demographics and inequalities in electoral participation;
• electoral propaganda and mis/dis-information; and
• data visualizations for electoral forecasts and results.

Each panelist will offer a brief introduction of their work on election mapping, followed by a moderated full-panel discussion of the role of cartography in US elections. The panel will conclude with an audience question and answer session.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Rebecca Theobald University of Colorado Colorado Springs 15 4:40 PM
Panelist David Retchless Texas A&M University at Galveston 15 4:55 PM
Panelist Jennifer Mapes Kent State University 15 5:10 PM
Panelist Katherine Perry Associated Press 15 5:25 PM

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