It all started in Montana. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin, a peace activist and a strong advocate for women’s suffrage, broke down centuries-long barriers by becoming the first woman elected to Congress. Since then, 366 women have served in U.S. Congress and thousands more in various elected and executive offices at the state level.
In this post, we will analyze the Women in Politics dataset published by the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for American Women and Politics. CAWP, the nation’s leading source of scholarly research and data related to women’s political participation in the United States, has gathered tens of…
In a democracy, the polling booth is much more than a location where an unwitting citizen fills in a bubble on a piece of paper in a make-shift booth. It is a symbol of the promise of democracy, a connector between the citizen and the government. It is the shrine that, if protected and respected, powers a democracy.
This article analyzes that symbol of American democracy by taking an analytical look at a dataset of U.S. polling places, compiled by the Center for Public Integrity. Thanks to the great work done by CPI, information on polling place locations and addresses…
The purpose of this article is to explain how to load and clean 100+ .csv files containing polling place data into a singular R dataframe. The data, which is available for download here, is structured as follows:
— Each state (32 in total) has its own folder
— Within each state (folder), there are a variable number of CSV files, one for each year that polling place data is available
Here is what the folder structure looks like:
Here is one example of the datasets that could be contained in a folder:
George Floyd. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice.
Those names, among thousands of others, are emblematic of fatal police violence in the United States. The protest movement that has spread like wildfire across the U.S. has brought police brutality to the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Following the deluge of information from news stations and social media, I can’t help but wonder, what does the data say? Are these new trends or longstanding realities? How disproportionate is police brutality against black Americans? What role does mental health play? To ignite change, we need a strong empirical grasp of the issue at hand. …