About the Globe Voter's Toolkit
Welcome to the Voter's Toolkit, globeandmail.com's online source of searchable election data. It offers three main tools:
This has several tools within it.
You can look up your own or any other riding by postal code, or by postal code fragment. This will call up a riding snapshot that will tell you the riding's candidates, 1997 results, and chief returning officer. You can also access a map of the riding.
Besides searching by postal code, you can browse by province. Either click on the map or the name of a province/territory, and it will bring you to a provincial snapshot page. That page will contain a summary of 1997 results and a list of all the province's ridings. That list will allow you to select a riding.
You can also call up a map of the province that will allow you to "drill down" to individual riding snapshots.
Once you hit a riding snapshot, you'll get a list of the candidates running by party, the 1997 riding population and number of eligible voters, information about the chief returning officer, and access to a full-sized map of the riding.
From the riding snapshot, you'll be able to access snapshots of each individual candidate. We're relying on them to supply the data, and some might not be complete, but it should should have contact information, their date and place of birth, occupation, education, why you should vote for them, and their political experience.
The candidate snapshot allows you to link back to the riding snapshot and to directly access the profiles of other candidates in the riding.
This allows you to search by name for a specific candidate and to develop lists of candidates by party and province.
Simply type in the candidate's first or last name (not both). If it is an exact match, you'll be taken directly to the candidate's snapshot. A list will be generated when there's multiple matches.
Use the pulldown menus to develop lists by party and province.
Want to find out which candidates have Web sites? How about the percentage of female candidates by province/territory in 2000? Or identify the Ontario ridings where the Liberals benefitted by a 'splitting' of the right-wing vote between the Reform Party and the Progressive Conservatives in 1997?
Answer Finder will tell you.
It's an interactive tool that lets you "slice and dice" our online database of election information. We have the questions divided up into three segments:
- By Party
- By Province/territory
Here are the questions for parties:
Seat total, summary, 1997
Seat total, detailed, 1997
National popular vote share, 1997
Top 20 ridings, % of votes cast
Lowest 20 ridings, % of votes cast
1997 incumbents running in 2000
Percentage of female candidates
Ridings where party finished last
Ridings where party finished last
2000 candidates who switched parties from 1997
Here are the questions for provinces/territories:
Seat total, summary by party, 1997
Seat total, detail by party, 1997
1997 popular vote, by party
Squeakers (less than 1,000-vote margin of victory, 1997)
Percentage of female candidates, 2000
Here are the potpourri questions:
Liberal 'vote splitting' ridings in Ontario
2000 candidates born before 1945
2000 candidates born after 1970
Top 10 ridings for voter turnout, 1997
Bottom 10 ridings for voter turnout, 1997
Top 10 ridings for spoiled ballots, 1997
How many candidates have Web sites?
Most common first names, 2000 candidates
Common last names, 2000 candidates
Most common first names by party
Most common last names by party
As you can see, there are umpteen different ways for political junkies to slice and dice data.
And starting election night, you'll be able to do your own analysis on the 2000 results using the above questions.
Errors, omissions, feedback:
We've tried to make our database as full and complete as possible. However, not all information is available for all ridings and candidates.
If you're a candidate who wishes to flesh out his or her snapshot, send the details to: email@example.com
And if you're simply interested in giving us some general feedback on these new features, please feel free to e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org