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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 02:50 PM
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13. Attention!

"Representative Ehlers said...we need to prohibit exit polling and revealing election results before the last vote is counted"

This formulation is tricky.

There is nothing to say against holding back exit poll results until the last vote is cast as this could influence people who have not voted yet. Actually, this should be mandatory (and it IS mandatory in most countries).

But holding back the results until the last vote is counted is another story. This makes no sense at all.

This formulation gives rise to the impression that it prevents that the exit poll results disturb the voting process. This is not true, of course, because the results are revealed during the counting process, not the voting process.

And the exit poll results surely don't influence the counting process, do they? ;-)











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