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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:35 AM
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14. did I say that paper ballots are ALWAYS used to correct election outcomes?
I doubt that a full recount in Ohio 2004 would have made any difference, but we will never know for sure. We learned some things about what not to do (including: don't impose an arbitrary rule that a one-off discrepancy in a random sample entails a 100% recount, which is a great way of incentivizing even basically honest election officials to cheat).

As for Florida 2000, the authors seems not to refer to the ultimate problem, which was that the U.S. Supreme Court shut down the recount. Actually there are some lessons learned there, too, not all of them about the Supreme Court -- although certainly some. (For instance, automatic recount laws like Minnesota's increase the chances that voter intent actually will govern if the initial count goes awry.)
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