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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 06:43 AM
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58. you're moving the goalposts, actually
You assert in the OP, without a shred of justification, that the ratio (Coakley / Obama) / (Brown / McCain) ought to be "roughly constant." But it isn't "roughly constant" even within the hand count jurisdictions.

Now you're making a different claim: that the ratio shouldn't vary between hand count and scanner jurisdictions. That would be pretty reasonable if jurisdictions selected their voting methods at random, but they don't. So there's no reason to assume that your ratio, the Coakley vote share, or anything else should be the same in the two kinds of jurisdictions.

If anyone can tell me how the method of counting the votes, if accurate, can ever cause a change....

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Correlation does not imply causation." Apply it.
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