If open data means anything, it applies to elections. But yet here we are, a week after the results, and open data around the results is hard to find. It matters because having that data allows us to understand the results better, and what they say about America today. It also means that the data can be visualised too.
There are some bright lights: David Wasserman at the Cook Report is waging a one-person mission to count up all the popular votes, as late counting comes in, state-by-state. You can see the results here, on this Google Spreadsheet.
But if you’re after county-level data, it’s tricky to find.
Here we are, nearly eight years after data.gov became a reality, and we have to rely on the community to provide data we should all have access to, as of right.