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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-21-08 03:02 PM
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53. go ahead and shoot the messenger
Edited on Sun Sep-21-08 03:02 PM by OnTheOtherHand
"if the results of the exit polls are confidential or proprietary, then they're bullshit."

Umm, OK, then why in hell are we talking about them? By the way, have you noticed that the exit poll questionnaires say "confidential" right on them? Something to do with the secrecy of the ballot, I guess. :shrug: It's actually kind of amazing that the folks who pay for these data give them away -- but they protect the precinct identifiers.

If you can't be bothered to make an argument why releasing the precinct identifiers is in the public interest, then you have no basis for linking this issue to "open and fair elections" at all.

It gets weirder....
Can anyone fathom a single legitimate reason to withold exit poll data from the public?

That's what open and fair elections are about. That's what democracy is about.

Exit poll data is what democracy is about?! Are you kidding me? The map is not the territory; my finger is not the moon; the exit poll data are not democracy.

Now, are you going to attempt an argument, or are you just going to hiss at me? Whatever.
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