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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-05 09:04 AM
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229. You say:
"I just wish that if someone is going to do a study on one vague area of e-voting, they explain specifically what the study is out to address rather than lump it together and call it a comprehensive study."

Who called it a comprehensive study? And what is vague about the title:

"The Wrong Man is President! Overvotes in the 2000 Presidential Election
in Florida".

Headline grabber (nice!) followed by a very specific indication as to what the paper is about.

And if you think most science ventures can "get team of at least 100 people" to address a question, you are certainly an optimist. This was a good piece of work. Don't knock if for not answering the question you wanted it to answer. It tells you the question it addressed, and tells you the answer. Nothing vague about it at all.

The reason for the precinct-tabulated optical scanner comparison was presumably to give a practical baseline. So the conclusion was not "if there had been no overvotes, Gore would have won" but "if the overvotes had been no worse than in precinct-tabulated optical scanners Gore would have won". In other words, even within the realms of available technology, over-votes could have been reduced to a level at which Gore would have won.

Nowhere in the paper does Mebane argue for insecure systems. That is a separate issue, addressed by others. And as far as I know, no-one has ever claimed that this study was a comprehensive study of electoral problems in Florida in 2000. Try this paper for references to more studies of Florida 2000 (including one by Mebane and others on the butterfly ballot).

http://www.capc.umd.edu/rpts/MD_EVote_HerrnsonNiemi.pdf

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