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Transparency: Tools To Visualize Votes, Violence In Afghanistan

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Afghan policemen stand guard as election ballot boxes are offloaded at a polling station in Balkh province. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in Afghanistan tomorrow. Mustafa Quraishi/AP Photo hide caption

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Ahead of the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, scheduled to take place this weekend, WIRED's Spencer Ackerman draws my attention to a website called Afghanistan Election Data, which is "a web-based compendium of security incidents, patterns of previous electoral fraud and demographic stats from across Afghanistan."

It was built by the National Democratic Institute, "a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government."

As Ackerman notes, there is a ton of data on the Afghanistan Election Data website, with lots of great visualization tools.

Take a look at the 2009 Presidential Elections section, for instance. You can view a map of votes for Hamid Karzai, or his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah. There is a visualization of that data by district. You can see how the country's terrain changes during the summer and winter seasons. Below, there is a breakdown of votes by province. Check it out.

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