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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-05 12:44 PM
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13. DREs
in Franklin County Ohio were what were scandalously rationed by the BoE. You might want to check out this:

But you are right, they were pushbutton not touchscreen, I have just checked. I had been misinformed about this, because I did enquire, the reason being that when I was analysing the data there were votes for someone called "removed". I enquired about this, and was told that it was Nader, who had been "removed" from the ballot, but that the DREs had not been reprogrammed so the touch screen area was still live, and that in some precincts a sticker had been placed over it. A a small number of votes were nonetheless cast for "removed". It appears that my informant was not correct. I assume the stickers he mentioned must have been placed over buttons, not a part of the screen.

I wasn't talking down to anyone, and it was the DREs in Franklin County Ohio that I was referring to. But yes, it appears they were button machines, not touchscreens. Sorry.

I realise that word choice is a sensitive issue on DU - to the extent that even a completely technical statistical term like "error" has everyone reaching for their tinfoil hats.

And the unit of analysis in the E-M report is precincts. Precinct level data is what we are dealing with.

But, thanks for the olive branch.
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