Thursday, October 06, 2011

Maps Uncommon on 2012 Presidential Campaign Websites

In 2007 I remarked on how both French presidential candidates used interactive maps on their websites.  In the same post I pointed out only Wesley Clark, among all the 2008 American presidential candidates, had an interactive map on his campaign site.  Now in the 2012, interactive maps are not to be found.  What is somewhat worse though is that anysort of map on a presidential campaign website is rare and those to be found are likely to have noticeable errors.


Among the Republicans Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer, and Michele Bachmann all lack a map on their main page.

Both Mitt Romney and Herman Cain have a map of the 48 contiguous states, no Alaska nor Hawaii, serving as a link to subpages.

Ron Paul has a map of all fifty states on his homepage; however, the map also has Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron as states as well.

Ron Paul's America has a gold currency and 53 states (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario apparently are Canadian provinces)
Only Garry Johnson, the alternative to Ron Paul libertarian candidate, has all fifty states (and only fifty) on a map on his homepage.

None of the maps are mashups though and they all serve as merely links to other subpages.


Barack Obama's 2012 website has a "choose your state" map which includes Alaska and Hawaii.


smeeko said...

Have you thought about pointing out the errors to them?

sgenius said...

I'm not a US citizen, but I would *never* vote for a candidate who evidently does not know how his country is... Nice observations!

Anonymous said...

You might want to check our Ron Paul's site again. While it is true that those 3 bodies of water are colored red they do NOT open up any pop-ups like the states do. Nice try!!

Liberty For All and All For Liberty,

Ron Paul 2012


Catholicgauze said...


It truly is something else.

Catholicgauze said...

Point? It still is a bad map. Plus, the error should have been caught when the various shapes were being assigned to state pages.

Anonymous said...

By the way, you missed one yourself. There are 4 spots on that map that are NOT a state.

Catholicgauze said...

What's the fourth?

Anonymous said...

You are right it is 3. The other one, that did not pop-up, was the upper part of Michigan.