Title text: Use your mouse or fingers to pan + zoom. To edit the map, submit your ballot on November 6.
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This comic shows all challengers 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.
- Washington, DC
- [We can see Cueball standing in the middle of Washington, DC]
- Cueball: I can see my house from here!
- Subcomic probably referencing the White House.
- Weed, California
- [We can see Cueball holding a piece of paper 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
- This probably refers to a ballot which would change how ballots are counted in the future. Lot of the proposed ideas sound complex and self-referential as well, therefore Megan just says that she doesn't wish to vote to any of them. This might refer to a fact that some people believe non of the choices on a ballot are good, and instead vote to no-one or deface their ballot papers
- Seattle, Washington
- [We can see a presentation by Cueball 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 a 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, who is a Canadian singer.
- Abernathy, Texas
- [We can see Black Hat and Cueball 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.
- Storm Lake, Iowa
- Queball: 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.
- Primm, Nevada
- [We can see a group of people]
- 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 changes. This comic refers to the fact that usually the candidate that is behind in the polls usually says that they don't matter, as it's just a survey and not the final result. This is usually to encourage their voter base that it's still worth voting for them.
- 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.
- Saint Louis, Missouri
- [We can see two people near the Gateway Arch talking]
- 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.
- Chadron, Nebraska
- [Woman standing at a podium]
- 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.
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 had changed to:
- 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"
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