Closer to Purple than Red

by Ali Kelley | 11/8/04 6:00am

To the Editor:

The county-by-county depiction of the popular vote on the front page of November 4's issue of The Dartmouth (and many other national newspapers) over-represents Bush votes. When the map is redrawn considering either state electoral weight or population density, the "blue" areas come into focus, highlighting the true divide in this election.

Yes, Bush won the electoral and popular votes. And yes, there is a markedly different voting pattern between the coasts and the central states. However, in representing such a tightly contested election, it is responsible to remember population density when color-coding our nation.