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Electoral College Map Parodies are humorous edits to the map of the United States used in presidential elections to project and see which state will vote for which candidate.
The Electoral College started after the creation of the United States of America in the late 1700s as a way for individual states to have importance in presidential elections beyond the popular vote. The popular map of the electoral college features states colored in to reflect the party the state voted for (i.e., blue for Democrat, red for Republican), and has been a staple of American politics since the first presidential election held in 1789.
The origins of electoral college map parodies and edits can be traced to the 2004 election, when demotivational posters and image macros used maps of the electoral college to mock Jesusland, a term used to mock Middle America which at the time voted with strong conservative and Christian beliefs.
As technology improved, cable news networks began incorporating interactive electoral college maps to their coverage, which prompted a Saturday Night Live sketch in 2008. Still for the next two elections, electoral college map edits were not incredibly popular beyond some political cartoons and applications to preexisting memes like Scumbag Steve.
In 2016, many media outlets covering the election included an interactive map, which allowed users to see how the map would look if states voted certain ways, which in turn created the opportunity to make funny images, like a play on CADbortion/Loss, shown below.
"What the Electoral College Map Would Look Like" Edits
On October 11th, 2016, American statistician and writer Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com published two pictures of the United States electoral map, one showing what it would look like if only men voted in the 2016 United States Presidential Election, the other showing what it would look like if only women voted. The “only-men” map projected that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would win the 2016 Presidential Election handily, while the “only-women” map projected a landslide win for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The tweets, shown below, have gained over 29,000 retweets combined as of October 13th, 2016.
Their popularity and the related #repealthe19th controversy led to an October 12th surge of edits and jokes on Twitter where users posted pictures of the country edited to fit "What the United States Would Look Like if Only X Voted."
 Interactive Multimedia Technology – Multi-touch Parody of CNN's Magic Map Wall: Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update MegaPixel Giant Touch-map
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