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  •  Can you post a map of it? (0+ / 0-)

    Don't bother with the Obama numbers as they aren't accurate. I actually had to deal with precinct data to produce a usable data set for the state. I think roguemapper was eventually going to correct it, but there are tons of votes missing left and right in the state and it is not at all evenly distributed.

    •  Yeah I know (0+ / 0-)

      just how messed up the election data is in NJ, and it's not just one area. Lakewood, Trenton, Newark, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Salem, and others are all messed up.

      Unfortunately, I don't know how to post a map in a comment. In my diaries, I've always used the handy picture tool that DK has, but I can't do that in a comment.

      If I have time, I'll post a diary with my proposals for nonpartisan, CoI-based maps. It won't be as big as yours because many of your maps I agree with completely. However, this is a very busy week for me, and I'm not sure I'll have time until next week.

      (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

      by ProudNewEnglander on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:33:38 PM PDT

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      •  You could upload the drf to gdocs or something (1+ / 0-)
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        Otherwise you have to use a 3rd party host to post pictures in comments.

        I'd definitely enjoy seeing a diary of your own though.

        •  So I've come to the conclusion (1+ / 0-)
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          that the states in which I feel that I could improve the most on these maps are MA, NJ, and PA.

          Since those are only three states, the diary would be of a manageable size, and it wouldn't take too long to write.

          I'll try to get my diary up as soon as I have any free time.

          As for the rest of your maps, either I agree with them completely or any differences that I would make are minor enough that it wouldn't be worth drawing a whole new map.

          (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

          by ProudNewEnglander on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:49:57 PM PDT

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          •  I did actually post my NJ alternatives before (0+ / 0-)

            http://s1131.photobucket.com/...
            I'm guessing your map is closer to my second or third one, but really the south Jersey districts had at least one district combine disparate communities of interest when I tried drawing them.

            •  My districts 1 and 2 (0+ / 0-)

              are closest to your first map, but my district 3 is closest to your third map (just imagine district 3 containing all of Mercer County).

              My district 4 contains all of Ocean County, and... etc.

              I know that the saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. That seems particularly true in this case. I'll try to get my diary up.

              (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

              by ProudNewEnglander on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:32:08 PM PDT

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