Thursday, 18 August 2011

Elections - where can I find data online?

Elections have been very quiet over the summer. So here instread are a selection of my favourite recommended resources for finding election data on the net.

International resources.
ACE Electoral Knowledge Network
Free access to a wealth of election information about 100s of nations worldwide. Maintained by a collaboration of authoritative institutions including International IDEA, IFES. It contains an encyclopedia, election calendars and extensive country level information. The latter includes information on electoral systems, results, analyses and examples of electoral materials produced by the nation.

Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA)
Project led by Professor Ken Kollman of the University of Michigan. It aims to create a public repository of election results by constituency for parliamentary (lower house legislative) elections worldwide. Data includes results, votes cast, votes received by individual candidates and parties.

Election Guide

Compiled by IFES (the International Foundation for Election Systems). A key starting point for research. Free access to authoritative national and presidential election data since 1998. Also offered is expert analysis, links to national electoral commission websites, and a calendar of forthcoming events.

Lijphart Elections Archive
Research collection of district level election results for national legislative elections in 26 countries which is based at the University of California, San Diego. Covers the period before 2004. The website can be useful for tracing printed sources containing election results.

Psephos Adam Carr's Election Archive
Extensive online archive of recent and historical election results maintained by Dr Adam Carr. It contains entries for over 160 nations worldwide, offering election results and statistics for national and local elections. Dates differ according to individual nation, but in some cases (such as Britain and Australia) extend beyond 1900.

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