” The GIF at the top of this story is fascinating if you enjoy maps, politics or scanning for patterns.
It depicts voter turnout by state in presidential elections from 1980 to 2012.
It’s an impressive graphic. It caught my eye on Reddit, and I watched it repeatedly while writing this story. I even took some time and checked the numbers against Census Bureau data to be sure it’s accurate. (Note: the legend is a bit small, but red stands for low turnout and green for high turnout — and the colors are on the spectrum following the ROYGBIV pattern we learned in secondary school.) “