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Title text: Use your mouse or fingers to pan + zoom. To edit the map, submit your ballot on November 6.
To see the full zoomable picture go to the original comic page.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Would be good to add how some of the subcomics tie to the election (St Louis), and add potential explanation on why they are put to the location they are in (Attack Ads, Carlymandering, St Louis). Do NOT delete this tag too soon.|
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This comic shows all challengers (people running in an election who are "challenging" the current office-holder, as well as those running in open seats where a change of party from the previous election would occur) to the midterm elections hold on November 6, 2018. Many larger names provide a link to the homepage of the specific person, or an article about the election that candidate is participating in. The landmarks are taken from this Wikipedia page. Since the map is large there's also a loading screen present that can be seen while the map is loading.
There are also a total of nine comics embedded into the map at various locations. They are all loaded when you zoom in enough into the map to the appropriate section.
- Abernathy, Texas
- [Black Hat and Cueball are talking]
- Black Hat: Starting on November 7th, we're going to blanket the airwaves with attack ads.
- Cueball: Isn't the election on November 6th?
- Black Hat: Yeah, the advertising rates go way down after that.
- Attack ads are campaign advertising that usually attack the opponents' campaign instead of promoting one's own. The comic also refers to the fact that media outlets usually spike their advertising prices during the campaign, and it becomes cheaper afterwards. However there's usually no point in advertising afterwards for a campaign as the polling has already taken place. This may also be a callback to 1130: Poll Watching
- Weed, California
- [Cueball is holding a piece of paper and talking to Megan]
- Cueball: Question #1 voids all 2018 ballot measures except itself.
- Cueball: Question #2 retroactively lowers the threshold for passing ballot measures to 5%.
- Cueball: Question #3 requires a re-vote on all failed ballot measures a day later.
- Cueball: Question #4 requires a re-vote on all passed ballot measures a day later.
- Cueball: Question #5 bans those annoying phone scammers, but also says that if an odd number of ballot measures pass, Christmas is canceled.
- Cueball: Question #6 makes a "yes" count as a "no" on odd-numbered ballot measures.
- Cueball: Question #7 does nothing but counts as a ballot measure passing.
- Cueball: Question #8 says that-
- Megan: I'm leaving these all blank and voting against whoever approves ballot measures.
- In California during this election apart from the nationwide election there will be also be 12 extra propositions for the voters to vote on. Sometimes propositions also include changing how voting should be done in subsequent elections. There are people who believe proposals on US ballots are asked in a very convoluted way, and could be made simpler.
- In this comic a lot of the proposals sound complex and self-referential as well, therefore Megan just says that she doesn't wish to vote to any of them, and would actually like to ban people creating ballot papers like this. Not voting might also refer to the scenario where people believe none of the choices during an election are good, and instead vote to no-one or deface their ballot papers in protest.
- Bellingham, Washington
- [Cueball holds a presentation to a group of people including White Hat and Hairbun sitting at an office desk. The presentation shows a map of a district]
- Cueball: Under my new Carlymandering plan, we'll create five red districts, five blue districts, and one district which contains only Carly Rae Jepsen.
- Hairbun: That seems fair.
- This refers to Gerrymandering, a tactic used to re-shape voting district boundaries to make sure one candidate prevails over the other. The name is conflated with Carly Rae Jepsen, a Canadian singer, whose latest single released only a day before the comic was published is called "Party for One". Although the song is about partying (e.g. going out) alone, the joke is that it can also mean a one person political party, and she'll have a full Gerrymandered district where she is the only person.
- Washington, DC
- [Cueball is standing in the middle of Washington, DC]
- Cueball: I can see my house from here!
- Comic is probably referencing the White House, the residence of the President, located in Washington, DC.
- Primm, Nevada
- [A group of five people are standing]
- Blondie: Remember: The only poll that counts is the one on Election Day. And the ones that help campaigns allocate resources. And the ones that drive media coverage and the ones that inform us all about what our fellow members of the public believe. And the ones that...
- During campaign there are usually polling done by survey companies to determine each candidate's chances of winning. This comic refers to the fact that usually the candidate that is behind in the polls usually tells their electorate that these polls don't matter, as they are just surveys and not the actual final result. This is usually to encourage their voter base that it's still worth voting for them. The joke here is that Blondie doesn't finish here but tells the electorate that other polls are actually also important.
- Nevada is one of the states where there is only a slim difference between the candidates based on polls hence the need for each candidate to rally their supporters and make sure everyone is voting.
- Chadron, Nebraska
- [Megan is standing at a podium with her arm raised]
- Megan: If elected, I vow to find and punish the voters responsible.
- Often candidates make promises of things they will do when they are elected. Vowing to find and punishing people responsible for a certain action, oftentimes criminals, is also common. However, these two things are conflated here to ludicrous effect.
- Putting this comic into Nebraska might refer to the fact that in 2016 Nebraska voted to repeal the death penalty ban, allowing the reinstatement of the death penalty in the state.
- Storm Lake, Iowa
- Cueball: The midterms are so stressful.
- Megan: I just hope J.D. Scholten wins.
- Cueball: Why?
- Megan: Google Steve King.
- [Cueball looking at his phone]
- Cueball: Yikes.
- J.D. Scholten is a Democratic candidate for Iowa's 4th Congressional District. Steve King is a Republican representative who has stirred controversy by statements that have been described as racist.
- Richmond, Virginia
- [Cueball is holding a sign that says: Abigail Spanberger for Congress]
- Abigail Spanberger is a candidate running for Congress in Virginia's 7th district, which includes Richmond. Based on polls she has a chance to beat her opponent, and could be the first Democrat in her district after 50 years of Republican control. Cueball probably tries to encourage people to vote for her on election day.
- Saint Louis, Missouri
- [Two people next to the Gateway Arch are talking]
- Cueball: Ah, Saint Louis. Home of America's largest... Whatever that thing is.
- Saint Louis, Missouri is the location of the Gateway Arch, the largest arch in the United States. (It's also one of the most recognizable arches in Saint Louis, according to 1368: One Of The.) Since in this comic they are next to the side of the arch, it is possible its sheer size stops them from determining what it is, although they should probably know.
The title text shows the hint that the reader can zoom in and move over all US-States revealing many details can't be seen at the overall view. Furthermore Randall does a call to vote: he requests people to take an active part in the elections to change that picture.
- [A loading screen appears shortly before the large picture has rendered. We can see an American flag in an oval badge with the text:]
- I voted
- [And beneath a text saying:]
- 2018 Midterm
- The bigger the candidate's name, the higher the office and the better their chances of success.
- [In a frame a zoomable map shows all US-States (Alaska and Hawaii are shown in the left lower corner.) The candidates are shown colored mainly in red and blue at different sizes. Each state has many landmarks shown in gray. There are also many comics embedded into the picture.]
- By Randall Monroe, Kelsey Harris, and Max Goodman
- Landmarks from Wikipedia. Success odds estimated from district voting history, special election
- results, and seat ratings. Thank you to Dailykos Elections for their spreadsheets, shaplefiles election
- ratings, and advice, and to @davidshor, @charlotteeffect, and @thedlcc for additional candidate data.
- The comic header has changed to:
I'm frightened by the direction the President and his party are taking our country. The sea of blue names below represents people who are standing up to them.
The best thing you can do to help is to reach out to your friends and family and make sure they have a plan to vote.
Find out where to vote: Vote.org
See what's on your ballot: BallotReady.org
- This happened on the day this comic came out, as it up till the day before, had been a different reminder of the election only with the vote.org link.
- The interactive picture does not work in many browsers when using the link www.xkcd.com, only the short xkcd.com works properly because the page uses an absolute link to a file map-data.json at the domain xkcd.com which is not allowed from www.xkcd.com according to Cross-origin resource sharing.
- The internal comics have a kind of "comic" inside the map-data.json file that contains all of the details shown on the map. All other locations, including politicians and landmarks inside the map-data.json have a kind of "label"
- There are a total of
- 9 subcomics
- 17,643 labels, including:
- 13,339 landmarks (gray)
- 2,845 Democratic candidates (blue)
- 1,456 Republican candidates (red)
- 3 independent candidates (green)
- The three independent candidates are:
- Alaska Congress candidate Alyse Galvin
- Texas State House District 101 candidate James Allen
- Alabama State Senate District 10 candidate Craig Ford
- The largest names on the map (based on font size) are:
- Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor candidate for New Mexico (7.187)
- Beto O'Rourke, Texan US Senate candidate (6.773)
- Matt Rosendale, Montanan US Senate candidate (6.773)
- Gretchen Whitmer, Governor candidate for Michigan (6.48)
- There's a landmark label called "Xkcd" near Boston, Massachusetts
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