2016 Berlin state elections – how your neighbours voted

2016 Berlin state elections – how your neighbours voted

Organisation: Berliner Morgenpost (Interactive Team) (Germany)

Publication Date: 04/05/2017

Size of team/newsroom:small


On 18 September 2016, Berliners voted for their state parliament. The interactive map shows the results of voting in each of Berlin’s 1,779 polling stations. The areas covered by the polling stations are coloured according to the party receiving the most votes in each area’s respective polling station. Clicking/tapping on a polling station, or entering an address, will display all results for that polling station, including every vote, every party, and every candidate. How do Berliners that live under the Tegel airport flight path vote? How do new arrivals in Berlin vote? Where are non-voters the strongest “party”? These questions can be answered using the analysis mode, which takes into account all 653 electoral districts and all votes (including postal votes).

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

The 1,779 piece mosaic of the election victors shows voting patterns throughout the city, and also clearly illustrates the parties’ enclaves and heartlands. In addition, the high level of detail establishes local relevance for the user: How did my neighbours vote? How did the minor parties in my area fare? How close was it for the direct candidates in my electoral district? With the analysis mode, the Berliner Morgenpost does more than simply visualise the data. Once the preliminary official results were available on election night, the team filtered the detailed election results and combined them with additional data to generate new insights. These revealed, for example, the voting patterns around refugee shelters, how high-income earners voted, or where non-voters are most prevalent. Working through the night, the team was able to present the election results at 6 a.m. for early risers and commuters, as well as a brief analysis of the election’s most striking features.

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