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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 12:02 PM
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77. lessee
Edited on Tue Apr-14-09 12:03 PM by OnTheOtherHand
1) Yes and no. It's true that those elections weren't very close. Any implication that if they had been, there would have been "newspaper reporting of the perceived anomalies" is poorly founded, since newspaper reporting isn't a good measure of importance.

2) Assuming that you've looked at the election data, you already know that the undervotes I cited are anomalous within the elections. They 'shouldn't' have happened on any technology.

3) True. Presumably true in Hockley-Delgado as well. Quite possibly true in the other cases I've discovered.

4) It depends on what you mean by "ambiguously." Based on the audit and recount results I've seen, on average about 0.1% of paper ballots might be interpreted differently by hand counters than by the optical scanners. In the Minnesota recount, the canvass board divided 3-2 on about 14 ballots out of over 2.4 million votes counted.

5) Maybe.

6) Any pre-certification audit that allows for scrutiny of anomalous results should be able to catch and correct such problems, if they can be corrected.

7) I don't know. What I know is that some kinds of lever problems can't be corrected after the fact. When we try to draw bottom-line conclusions, we have to make assumptions -- often implicit assumptions -- about other aspects of election administration. My impression is that people tend to assume the best about their own favored systems and the worst about other systems. I viscerally don't care that much, so I'm stuck not knowing.
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