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Hello, Tilden76!

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There seems to be a problem regarding the description and/or licensing of this particular file. It has been found that you've added in the image's description only a Template that's not a license and although it provides useful information about the image, it's not a valid license. Could you please resolve this problem, adding the license in the image linked above? You can edit the description page and change the text. Uploading a new version of the file does not change the description of the file. This page may give you more hints on which license to choose. Thank you.

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Use of shape file from the internetEdit

Hi, I notice that a lot of the images you've uploaded for presidential county results make use of the shape file from the NGHIS ( This might constitute a creative work on their part, depending on the nature of the data (see Commons:Derivative works#Maps). Was it just raw data that they provided regarding county lines (i.e,. exactly what the public records state)? Or was there some adjustment? If so, we might need to find another way to upload the files.

Cheers. Magog the Ogre (talk) 05:57, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Hello. I just realized you wanted me to respond here and not on your page. The shapefile I got from the internet has no information whatsoever attached to it. I had to add the county votes by hand (a somewhat lengthy process). It merely provides the shape of the counties. I do not believe this constitutes a copyright infringement in anyway because anyone is free to use it SO LONG as they cite the website. The terms of use are at the following page:

"Citation and Use of NHGIS Data

All persons are granted a limited license to use this documentation and the accompanying data, subject to the following condition:

   Publications and research reports based on the database must cite it appropriately. The citation should include the following:

Minnesota Population Center. National Historical Geographic Information System: Version 2.0. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota 2011.

   If possible, citations should also include the URL for the NHGIS site:"
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Tilden76 (talk • contribs) 20:19, 26 January 2012‎ (UTC)
OK. That looks good enough for {{attribution}} to me; if you don't mind, I'm going to add it to your uploads. Magog the Ogre (talk) 21:05, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Sounds good to me.--Tilden76 (talk) 22:21, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Also, I noticed you removed the category for a lot of the already existing maps (after I went through all the hard work of adding them in October!). I'm not sure why you did that, but I've reverted it, because the categories were valid. I hope that doesn't upset you, because I think we're both working in good faith. If you want to create an easy way to navigate the maps without worrying about duplicates, you might try using templates instead. Magog the Ogre (talk) 07:53, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Sorry about that. I was trying to make the "United States presidential election maps by county" category more aesthetically pleasing by getting rid of out of date maps. I still don't know a lot of wikimedia. For example, how do I delete 1860prescountymap.PNG. That is a primitive 1860 map I made without the use of GIS. I uploaded a GIS version of it awhile back. I would like to do the same with single color primitive maps (like 1920prescountymap.PNG).

All the best, --Tilden76 (talk) 17:01, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Software used to create mapsEdit

Can I ask what software you use to create your maps? I also have some maps that I create, and I was thinking of adding some of my own variety, either to Wikipedia or for my own personal edification. But I would need to write the script from scratch, which would be a huge pain. Do you mind lending me the software you use? Magog the Ogre (talk) 08:01, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Hello. I use Esri ArcMap (but I'm only using a free, 1-year student trial). Unfortunately, I don't think there is anyway for me to lend it to you because it has to be registered with ESRI by using the code on the back of the CD package. If I were you, I would try to get my hands on a free 1-year demo because the real deal cost thousands (I hope you do because I would really like to see your maps).--Tilden76 (talk) 20:38, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

I am less interested in how you created the map itself, rather how you scraped the data. Or is that part of ArcMap? Magog the Ogre (talk) 21:22, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

After I download the shapefile from HGIS, I add fields to the shapefile. For example, for 1932 I have the following fields: Winner, Percentage, RooseVote, RoosePerct, HooveVote, HoovePerct, OtherVote, OtherPerct, CountySum, USAColor.

I am currently using the book Presidential Vote, 1896-1932. It is a slow process of having to enter the results in county by county but the finished product makes it a worthwhile endeavor. Once I am done entering the vote for Roosevelt, Hoover, and "other", I add them up in the field CountySum.

Once that is done, I select all counties that have a total sum of greater than 1 (since I can't divide by 0). With those counties selected, I calculate the percentage for each candidate (RoosePerct = RooseVote/CountySum, etc).

I then run a query that shows me the counties where Roosevelt had a greater percentage than Hoover. With those counties highlighted, I enter the name "Roosevelt" in the Winner field. I do the same for the counties won by Hoover.

I then run a query that shows me counties won by Roosevelt and where RoosePerct >=.4 and RoosePerct <.5. With these counties highlighted, I enter 40 in the Percentage field. I do it for the rest of the percentages.

Once I know the winners and the percentages with which the won each county, I assign them a number. For example, Roosevelt 40 = 1. I put the 1 in the USAColor column. Roosevelt 50 = 2, etc.

I then assign a saved color to each number in the USAColor field.

Once that is done, I export the map and upload it to Wikipedia.

Let me know if you have any further questions. --Tilden76 (talk) 01:08, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Would it be possible to create a map showing the voting shift between the 2008 and 2012 US Presidential elections? See File talk:US Election04-08shift.png. - FakirNL (talk) 08:33, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Alaska 2012 Presidential Results By BoroughEdit

Saw on the Wiki article for Alaska that there was a map displaying the results by borough for the presidential election, and that extended to the main article regarding the county results map. However, I can't find where this data came from, and the best I can come up with are results by the legislative districts, not by the boroughs. Any ideas where this information came from? Oh, and I would prefer if you do provide an answer, it be done through my Wikipedia profile; I don't come here often enough to come across replies in a timely manner. --Ariostos (talk) 02:04, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

1912 Presidential Results by State CountyEdit

Just curious were you got this information, as I'd like to expand on what you've done, and I can't find it anywhere. --Ariostos (talk) 22:17, 25 September 2013 (UTC)


Hi Tilden76, when I moved the file File:DemocraticPresidentialCounty1908Colorbrewer.png the script put the .png extension on instead of the .gif and I (not noticing) hit the okay button. Sorry about that, is it okay to leave it with this extension (its original) or should it be moved to .gif? If it gets moved to .gif and fails to render, I will be unable to move it back and admin assistance will be required. Liamdavies (talk) 12:05, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, but the script won't let me. I think an admin might need to do it. The other way is to reupload the file with the .gif extension and request the .png be deleted per Template:Duplicate. Liamdavies (talk) 05:35, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
The image appears to be of MIME type png. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 02:26, 17 October 2013 (UTC)


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Asclepias (talk) 06:17, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

US President popular vote pre-1824Edit

Would it be possible to share your source for the popular vote for US presidential elections prior to 1824? Most sites consider this data to be unavailable, but I notice that you have created a number of very nice county-level maps showing popular vote for the pre-1824 elections.

Sure! "United States Presidential Elections, 1788-1860: The Official Results by County and State" Cheers!--Tilden76 (talk) 05:03, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

US Presidential Election of 1824 by CountyEdit

TIlden76, I'm a fan of your work, but I have some concerns about your File:PresidentialCounty1824.gif map; For North Carolina, you show several counties as being for Adams; Adams, however, was not the subject of any balloting. The only candidates with votes were the "People's Ticket" (generally considered to be Jackson votes, but some Adams votes mixed in), and Crawford. Unless there's another explanation I'm missing, I think there was corrupted data - likely in Thad Eure's North Carolina Government -- which has led to later documentation listing Adams as the other vote-getter. I'd appreciate it if you let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks! Cdtew (talk) 02:40, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, didn't give much support for my position. See these sources, among others:
  • A.R. Newsome's The Presidential Election of 1824 in North Carolina , probably the most exhaustive on the subject; and
  • Bourdon, Jeffrey, "'All Must Have a Say': Internal Improvements and Andrew Jackson's Political Rise in North Carolina in 1824", North Carolina Historical Review XCI:1 (January 2014)
The subject is thinly covered elsewhere, but I'm convinced this is corrupted data that has been legitimated through repetition. Cdtew (talk) 02:48, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Sources on election data 1876-1892Edit

I'm currently assisting on a research project looking at predictors of racial violence in the deep south. One category we're interested in is political stances.

What's your sourcing for the county election results from 1876-1892? I haven't been able to locate them on my own.

Thanks, dorime

Presidential Ballots 1836 - 1892 by Burnham, W. Dean

Cheers! --Tilden76 (talk) 03:14, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the maps!Edit


I used several of your maps in a new piece on the Civil War. Thanks for creating them! Binarybits (talk) 13:51, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

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