Map of the Month

These custom-crafted maps are developed by ABAG and MTC’s mapmakers who turn data into art to tell compelling stories about important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

US Map of voter turnout in 2016
October, 2018

Where People Show Up to Vote – and Where They Don't

This month’s Map of the Month is a different take on red and blue America. In this new analysis by the Washington Post, the colors represent voter turnout levels by county for the 2016 presidential election (red is lower turnout, blue is higher). The analysis shows that there is great variation by state and by county, with turnout in the 2016 election ranging from less than 40 percent of the citizen voting age population in Hawaii to nearly 70 percent in Maine and Minnesota. The variation is even more pronounced at the county level, with turnout in the election ranging from less than 20 percent in some Georgia counties, for instance, to nearly 100 percent in pockets of Arizona, Texas and Colorado. California’s rates follow geography, with turnouts higher along the coast (including the Bay Area), and lower as you move inland and south.