2016 Elections Data now in the CQ Library databases! Our dedicated editorial staff spends many months gathering, cleaning and updating elections data as the states release their official results. All 2016 elections should be up by August 2017 – see editorial details and a full schedule below.
In order to profile an individual candidate’s election record over time, we have to ensure that they are properly tracked from election to election. For example, we need to verify whether John Smith from a 2008 election is the same as one who ran in 2016. This means hand-selecting candidates for each race and verifying past election records to reduce the likelihood of mistakes.
We only begin to collect data when each state has certified their results. This could take days or weeks (or longer) after the general election. Each state has its own way of displaying data, from advanced online portals to exportable PDF files. Because of the significant variability of formatting for each state we have to enter all returns by hand. Sometimes this means performing our own calculations because of the way a state has organized their returns. As we publish data at the county level for most races, you can imagine how it would take to collect and verify data for states like New York. After entering all of the returns into the database, every race is checked against the source material for accuracy.
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