Analysis of the Spatial Pattern of Voting; Case Study: Tenth Parliamentary Elections in Northern Electoral District of Ilam Province

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.A of Political Geography, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 Full Professor of Political Geography, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Investigation of the spatial patterns of voting as a function of electoral geography shows the dispersion of different ideas in voters’ political action in an electoral district. This pattern because of human decision-making has been created over time and is capable of converting to geographical map. This article investigates such pattern in tenth parliamentary election in northern electoral district of Ilam province. Therefore, in terms of purpose, the research is applied and is a descriptive- analytic in terms of nature and method. Data gathering procedure is based on library and field (questionnaire) findings methods. Data analysis method is based on qualitative and quantitative methods like Giss, T-test, and one-way ANOVA. The research findings show that sociological, reformed rational choice, geographical, and Chicago school models affect geography of voting in this electoral district.


  • Receive Date: 23 April 2017
  • Revise Date: 06 June 2017
  • Accept Date: 03 August 2017
  • First Publish Date: 20 February 2018