The Greeks voted no...
... on the July 5, 2015 referendum about whether to accept (or reject) the austerity conditions for continued fiscal support from EU to Greece.
This led Regular Reader Miguel to pose the following question as this week's Challenge.
He points out that we've all heard the stunning official outcome reported endlessly on the news. It's clear that the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gathered a large margin of No votes; but how do we really know the outcome? Is there a way to fact-check what we're hearing in the news? Where does the original data for all this reportage come from?
1. Can you find the OFFICIAL source of the vote data? (That is, the official government reporting on votes by precincts.)
2. Once you've found that data, can you graph or plot it in some way, voting-area by voting-area? (Ideally, we'd like to see if there were some regions of Greece that were especially Yes or especially No in their voting.)
As usual, please let us know how you figured this one out. What searches did you do? What tools were helpful?
(And, if you're a teacher, is this the kind of Challenge you might want to use in your class? In what kind of class do you think this would be useful? Thoughts?)
(Thanks for the idea Miguel!)