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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:09 AM
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Miami Herald article shows that Kerry may have won Florida!
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 02:18 AM by pointsoflight
In an article published yesterday, reporters from the Miami Herald provided data from hand counts that they conducted in several northern "dixiecrat" counties in Florida. They concluded that nothing was awry, and in fact, went so far as to title the article "No flaw in Bush's state win."

Here's a link to a reprint of the story that doesn't require registration:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/20021...

Here are the tallies for Union County:

Bush original: 3396
Bush hand count: 3393 (-3)
Kerry original: 1251
Kerry hand count: 1272 (+21)
Net change: Kerry +24

Here are the tallies for Lafayette County:

Bush original: 2460
Bush hand count: 2452 (-8)
Kerry original: 845
Kerry hand count: 848 (+3)
Net change: Kerry +11

It's a bit more complicated for the third county they looked at, Suwanee County, because they only report the totals for a hand count of "almost 60%" of the ballots.

Bush original: 11153
Kerry original: 4522
Bush hand count: 6140
Kerry hand count: 2984

In the original count, 71.2% of the votes cast for Bush or Kerry (n=15675) went to Bush. In the hand count, this drops to 67.3%. That is a significant drop. Let's translate that into numbers. If you take the percentages from the hand count and extrapolate, here's what you get:

Bush = 15675 x .673 = 10549 (loss of 604)
Kerry = 15675 x .327 = 5126 (gain of 604)
Net change: Kerry +1208

A switch of 1208 votes in a county with less than 16K votes cast is obviously huge. Now maybe there's a very large percentage of Bush votes in that remaining 40% that they didn't count, but we can't know that because they didn't count them. Which begs the question...why did they stop counting in Suwannee County when their tabulation of 60% of the ballots deviated so much from the original total? And without actually counting those remaining ballots, how can they possibly report that nothing is amiss when the data they have so far suggests a possible problem?

They conclude that there's "no flaw in Bush's state win." Sorry, but what I see is a possible gain of 1243 votes for Kerry from three small counties in which only 23627 ballots were cast. That represents about 0.3% of the ballots cast for Bush and Kerry statewide. If Kerry gained votes at the same rate statewide, he picks up nearly 400,000 votes and wins Florida.

Thanks Miami Herald, you just revealed to us in your hand counts that there's a possibility that Kerry won Florida.
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ClintCooper2003 Donating Member (629 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:12 AM
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1. Brilliant analysis!
Send it to Keith! Keith! Keith!
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liberal al zib Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:19 AM
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113. Yes Keith!!!
Keith Olbermann is the smartest journalist ever and with his 50 million viewers a day he will expose this fraud.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:08 PM
Response to Reply #113
125. keith olberman has about 200,000 l viewers...
where do you get 50,000,000 viewers?
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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:49 PM
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195. story on 3 counties in Florida is red herring; touchscreens were problem
The "audit" in 3 small rural counties is a red herring being circulated to quell concern over possible fraud in Florida. The 3 small counties in question showed no irregularities in pattern compared to 2000 voting and recent voter registration data. They were volunteered to be counted because it was known that they had no problems. Otherwise they wouldn't have been volunteered to have the counts.
But all of the major studies on unusual voting patterns in Florida
Univ. of Calif.(Berkeley) study, Princeton Univ. study and www.flcv.com/fla04EAS.html
found that the big unusual patterns in Florida were in the big touchscreen counties. This appears to be an attempt to take attention away from the touchscreen counties where anomalous patterns of votes was found by focusing instead on small optical scan counties. But it says nothing about the bigger issue, touchscreens in large counties. There were some larger optical scan counties that showed some unexpected voting patterns, but not these and not as much as the touchscreen counties.
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:50 AM
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120. Not to rain on the parade...
... but nearly all the votes in the Kerry swing are attributable to the extrapolation of the unfinished hand-count's in-process %'s, and so have little meaning.
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:53 PM
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139. Could you explain that a little better?
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TruthIsAll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:10 PM
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167. My spread sheet says Bush dropped 2% from vote to count
Cty	BushOr	BushCt	KerryOr	KerryCt	Bush%Or	BushCt
Union	3396	3393	1251	1272	73.08%	72.73%
Lafay.	2460	2452	845	848	74.43%	74.30%
Suwanee	11153	6140	4522	2984	71.15%	67.30%

Total	17009	11985	6618	5104	71.99%	70.13%
						
Bush drops almost 2%						
Almost enough to reverse the state						
						
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rdmccur Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:47 PM
Response to Reply #167
187. Madsen
Didn't Madsen say that most of the vote stealing went on in large counties in Florida?
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LIBERALNAVYVET Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:46 PM
Response to Reply #1
176. FRAUD
Yes I do believe that was fraud in FL and OH. I can't wait for W to rewsign in shame
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:52 PM
Response to Reply #176
189. And California, don't forget...
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katmondoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 06:23 AM
Response to Reply #176
220. He has no shame
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:14 AM
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2. Holy Crap, Batman!!! This is amazing!
I just checked our local paper out and it had the same article with the same finals in it so this isn't a typo you caught!! Good job!!

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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:17 AM
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3. Well, well isn't this interesting. Gee, why did they stop counting?
It wouldn't take long to overturn that state at a rate like that.
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:22 AM
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4. why did they stop counting?
You mean in 2000, or Nov. 3, 2004, or the Miami Herald?

answers: The Supreme Court, MSM, and the editor...
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:45 AM
Response to Reply #4
9. Hi Rev, thanks for the smile
I like your questions and your answers.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:01 PM
Response to Reply #3
178. Same reason they stopped counting in 2000
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:31 AM
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5. COULD BE GREAT! - check which precincts they counted
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JohnnyCougar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:37 AM
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6. Send this to Keith!!!
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:42 AM
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7. kick!
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politicasista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:44 AM
Response to Reply #7
8. Isn't it late for a recount?
If the truth comes out, Bush will leave the WH in disgrace.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:46 AM
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11. There is always a contest of election
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:12 AM
Response to Reply #11
108. ?????
Not if state law doesn't support it. So what do you base your comment on?
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:46 AM
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10. Almost 600,000 swing to Kerry!
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 02:57 AM by jsamuel
I calculated the numbers assuming all votes in florida showed the same change.

votes_here/total_votes
15,675/7,500,000 = 0.209% of the total vote

change_here/percent_changed
1,200/0.209% = over 570,000 votes to KERRY!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:53 AM
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:13 AM
Response to Reply #105
109. True, The Numbers Switched To Bush Could've Been Greater In Counties
that had significantly more voters.

And it's not just switching votes from Kerry to Bush... it's switching from Kerry to Bush and third party candidates.
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:49 AM
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12. One can't help but wonder-why did they stop counting
in Suwanee County?
Hmm...
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Stand and Fight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:50 AM
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13. You Guys!
Once more you delight me with your brilliance. ;) Can't say that I'm very disappointed since I stopped lurking. You guys are great!!
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:54 AM
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14. Spread the news, this is great, it looks like a Kerry Win !!!! Hurray.
:bounce:
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kerry2win Donating Member (321 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:57 AM
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15. ah now i see ...the exit polls were right. 50-49 Kerry
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ccarter84 Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:03 AM
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16. kickity kick kick
:kick:
question, if you assume that the voting percentages stay the same as in the 60% sample, do you not even get a further repositioning of results? I might be wrong cuz its way past bedtime but I did
6140/.6 = 10233 bush votes - 11153 = 920 excess bush votes
2984/.6 = 4973 kerry votes - 4522 original votes = 451 votes kerry gain

add it up and you get 1371 for this little teenie district...ouch thats bad

...a new shiny :tinfoilhat: for someone who is more awake than I who wants to explain it better


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politicasista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:05 AM
Response to Reply #16
18. How are we going to convince Kerry that he needs to contest the results?
He has been silent and hasn't been answering e-mails?
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:16 AM
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22. You could do the math that way, too.
It gives you similar numbers. I went a different route since the article says they counted "almost 60%" of the ballots and we therefore don't have the exact number. In addition some of that counted sample would've gone to the third-party candidates, and they don't give those numbers either.

That's why I chose to extrapolate from the ratio of Bush to Kerry votes in the counted sample.

Either way you work the math, it points to a potentially large change in the vote count in Suwannee County. Can't help but think that the counters knew this, and that's why they stopped counting.
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:19 AM
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24. Exactly. Why would they stop counting?
They got 60 % counted, and stopped? Why? Certainly not because they were getting identical results to the official count, since obviously Kerry/Bush ratio is not the same as in official count.
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alaintex Donating Member (82 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:40 AM
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100. One reason why they would stop counting is if a clear winner was determine
For example if they knew that 10,000 votes were cast, which ever candidate gets 5001 confirmed votes wins. If the other guy only has 1000 votes that means weve looked at 60% and theres no reason to count anymore.

Im not sure if thats the case in this situation, its just one explanation why they may have stopped counting.
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:05 AM
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17. Interesting.
That data is certainly interesting. But, maybe some of the 40% of the Suwanee precincts that they didn't count were in strong Bush areas. That could easily account for the 4% difference in the partial count.

The best thing to do would be to count all of the ballots - not just 60% - and see if that result holds up. That's what we really want, after all: all of the ballots to be counted. Why does the Miami Herald get to actually count ballots in some cherry-picked counties, while good patriots like Bev Harris can't even get election officials to do their legal duty and disclose public records?
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:11 AM
Response to Reply #17
20. In the two counties that they finished counting in,
Kerry still picked votes and Bush lost votes. The third county, they stopped counting. Why? Was Kerry picking even more votes there so they stopped?
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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:39 AM
Response to Reply #20
56. Your hypothesis makes sense of the information given/eom
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:20 AM
Response to Reply #17
25. You're right, it doesn't prove there is a disparity in Suwanee.
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 03:28 AM by pointsoflight
Like you said, maybe a very high percentage of the remaining ballots would've gone to Bush, bringing the tally in line with the official results. Because they didn't count all of the votes, there's no way we can know for sure what those votes look like.

But my main point is this: Based on the data they have given us, you certainly can't conclude, as they did, that there are "no flaws in Bush's win in the state." If anything, the data they've uncovered so far does suggest a problem or flaw, and compels further counting.

What they've done here is find a several percentage point swing to Kerry, then turn around and say there's no change. That conclusion doesn't follow from the data.

(And of course their "no flaw" statement is also ridiculous given that they ignored the urban counties that statisticians pointed to as having the biggest anomalies.)
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:17 AM
Response to Reply #25
112. Have you written them?
Or better yet (or and), CALLED the reporters or even better the editors? And an LTE is certainly in order as well.

Great work.
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KnowerOfLogic Donating Member (841 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:12 AM
Response to Reply #25
215. Yeah, gotta wonder how they concluded "No problem." n/t
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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:01 AM
Response to Reply #17
67. Good Point, But...
If we drill down to the precinct level data we should be able to resolve this question, or at least clarify it, ourselves. The data will either show that this explanation is a theoretical possibility, or it will show that the precincts are more or less uniform in their voting patterns, which will be almost as good as counting the entire county. I don't have time to do this at the moment as I am preparing a class....but I toss the idea out for some enterprising DUer. Surprise me with the results; I'll check back in a few hours.
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:11 AM
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19. Kick! How do we nominate for homepage?
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:13 AM
Response to Reply #19
21. There is a small link directly under the post
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 02:07 AM
Response to Reply #21
218. Do you mean the "alert" button?
I thought that was to alert for freepers and trolls!
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OrangeCountyDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:18 AM
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23. I'm Sure There's A Logical Explanation For This
Or NOT!
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:21 AM
Response to Reply #23
26. If nothing else, it certainly motivates more counting.
Their conclusion is simply wrong given the data they have at the moment.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:00 AM
Response to Reply #23
39. Did Bush lose and Kerry gain in EVERY handcount?
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:11 AM
Response to Reply #39
43. Yes.
In both counties where full counts were done, Bush lost votes AND Kerry gained votes.

I still have yet to hear how machines can possibly come up with more votes than a hand count, but that's what happened in both cases for Bush.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:29 AM
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27. GOSH! If they just would have finished counting, that would be solid PROOF
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:32 AM
Response to Reply #27
29. Well, they obviously didn't want solid proof.
I still can't understand how they were even allowed to count, considering Gore couldn't get recounts in 2000.
But solid proof is not something they were going for.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:11 AM
Response to Reply #29
50. At this point, anyone can come to FL and recount votes
because the election has been certified, the ballots have already been removed from their locked bags and are stored by the SOE in each county.

These ballots are now available for anyone with the time and money to view them. You are not allowed to touch the ballots, an election worker has to hold them for you, but anyone can pick a county and do what the Miami Herald just did.


Here's a link to the thread regarding recounting FL votes.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:31 AM
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28. A hypothetical question.
A little hypothetical situation to consider.

Suppose that tomorrow, Katherine Blackwell said, "Hey everybody! After talking with my advisors, I've had a change of heart. We're going to start a recount in Ohio tomorrow!"

Now, being a conniving Repuke, he says "We're going to start in Cuyahoga County, in this special list of precincts that I just made up." His list contains mostly rich white neighborhoods that are very Republican. Now, you know that most precincts, of course, in the county at large are strongly Democratic, but he selects, say, the 20% that are most supportive of you-know-who.

Now, after all these Republican precincts were counted, suppose the results looked like this:

Cuyahoga County (partial recount results)
20% of all precincts counted
Bush - 65%
Kerry - 35%

Now Katherine Blackwell turns around and says, "Well, it looks like 65% of the voters support W. Obviously, the remaining 80% of the precincts must look like that too. So, no need to finish the recount. It's all over. Bush obviously won 65% of the votes in all of Cuyahoga County!"

Would you buy that? Of course you wouldn't. You'd see right through it. Right?

So, without knowing which precincts were counted in Suwanee County, Florida, does it make sense to assume that all of the uncounted precincts in the county voted the same way as the counted ones? Does the counted 60% necessarily reflect how the other 40% will vote?
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:35 AM
Response to Reply #28
30. Nope. But why did they stop counting?
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 03:36 AM by lizzy
What, their poor little hands got tired? Their poor little eyes couldn't see no more? If they were supposed to show that Bush won fair and squire, couldn't they at least finish counting, considering their Kerry/Bush ratio was not the same as in the official results? For all I know, Kerry would have done even better if they had finished.
:eyes:
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:49 AM
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34. Why don't you ask them?
I couldn't say why they stopped counting. Some possible reasons:

1. Lack of time. They were writing this article on a deadline and had to get it into print before the Suwanee counting finished.

2. Lack of funds. I'm sure they had to pony up some money to get these counts going.

3. Lack of volunteers. Ballots don't count themselves, you know (well, given the unreliability of the current Diebold opscanners, maybe they do...)
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:59 AM
Response to Reply #34
37. And don't forget possibility #4.
Too many votes for Kerry that they couldn't explain away.
:spank:
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:35 AM
Response to Reply #28
31. No, exactly, but you can't say that it supports their conclusion:no consp.
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:40 AM
Response to Reply #31
32. That's true.
You're right: it doesn't support their (erroneous) conclusion that there was no fraud. Neither does it support the notion that there was fraud. It doesn't support anything. It doesn't even rate as an "anomaly".
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:50 AM
Response to Reply #32
35. So, you tell us, why did they stop counting?
And why did they write an article saying there was no FRAUD?

:shrug: :eyes:
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:55 AM
Response to Reply #35
36. See #34 above.
Why they stopped counting: ask them. I'm sure they'll tell you (unless they do have some guilty secret. :tinfoilhat:) I gave some reasonable possibilities in my last post.

Why they wrote an article saying there was no fraud: Simple. Because they're dummies. :)
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:06 AM
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40. That's right.
It doesn't prove fraud and it doesn't even prove there's an anomaly. A full count would be needed for that.

What it does show is that the Miami Herald report is complete garbage, though. Their conclusion that there is "no flaw in the state" is absolutely ridiculous. They didn't test the whole state, and that part of the state they did test currently isn't in line with the certified results.

The media has been ripping on us for making unsubstantiated claims, and here we have a set of reporters not only making unsubstantiated claims, but claims that are inconsistent with their very own data!
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rdmccur Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:53 PM
Response to Reply #40
190. Concisely!
And (I posted this already) didn't Madsen say that most of the vote stealing took place in large pop counties?
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:59 AM
Response to Reply #28
38. You're missing the point.
They concluded that nothing was wrong in Suwannee County (or in the whole state) even though the data they had in hand was not in line with the official counts. Their conclusion simply does not follow from their data.

How can one possibly count 60% of the vote, see a swing of several percentage points, then conclude "nothing's wrong, let's stop counting?"

As I said in previous posts, what I've presented here does not in any way prove that a full hand count in Suwannee County would show big differences from the official tally. What it does is show that the reporters were quite premature in their conclusions, and that we're getting very biased reporting from that newspaper.

It also compels further counting. How can you stop counting when the counts you have before you are not in line with the official tallies?
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:09 AM
Response to Reply #38
42. Well, what are the numbers?
You can't compare 60% of the Suwanee precincts to all of the Suwanne precincts, for exactly the same reason that Katherine Blackwell couldn't compare 20% of Cuyahoga to all of Cuyahoga in my example. You're ignoring potentially important information by doing that.

If I counted the Presidential votes in Washington state, but left out, say, King County, the most liberal area by far, the percentages I'd get would be way off the reported totals, but I wouldn't say that was suspicious.

Here's the question I'll ask. Do the tallies for the counted Suwanne precincts agree (more or less) with the officially reported totals for those same precincts only? What are the numbers? If there's a 4% difference between those figures, then yes, I'll agree, this is big. Otherwise, no, it doesn't mean anything.
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:17 AM
Response to Reply #42
44. Your still missing the point, though.
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 04:24 AM by pointsoflight
Even if we did a full hand count right now and showed there's no problem, it's still shoddy reporting for the Miami Herald to definatively conclude that there's "no flaw." How can they possibly say that?

I've said several times in this thread that this does not point to fraud and does not even prove there's an anomaly. My point is simply that based on the data the reporters have, they have no basis for arriving at the conclusion that there is "no flaw in Bush's win in the state." Yet they choose that exact wording for the very *title* of their article.
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:21 AM
Response to Reply #44
45. I'll definitely agree with that.
Just counting a couple of northern counties and saying "no big difference" certainly doesn't prove anything about the existence of statewide fraud; the article is poorly titled. If they did an extensive audit in southern Florida, though, I suspect they'd be singing a different song.
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mirrera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:11 AM
Response to Reply #44
93. Reporters Bought and payed for!
Did you think they were investigating? Why? Because they said they were?

They were from the MIAMI Friggin HERALD??
Owned by which corporation?

It is like the letters you see in People magazine "How can you put Brittany Spears on the cover when people are starving!"
Answer...Because it is PEOPLE magazine!!

These were real hard hitting investigative journalists (sarcasm...)
Real fair and balanced... Just look at these heart felt quotes:

"People here traditionally register as Democrats to vote in local primaries, but they're very conservative," Union County Judge Dave Reimer said.

Election Supervisor Babs Montpetit was more direct. "People here are mostly fundamentalist Christians who work in the prisons," she said. "Do you think they're going to vote for the liberal senator from Massachusetts?"

Supervisor Glenda Williams greeted reporters at the election office in Live Oak: "Most people in this county are against abortion and gay marriage. So, they voted for Bush."

(HMMM I guess they couldn't find any quotes from people who think things smell fishy? I mean that is what the story is about! Isn't it? Getting to the TRUTH?? )

Or this unbiased observation:

Along the way were neighborhoods called "The Christian Village" and a warehouse called "The Christian Outlet." One billboard said: "There is life before birth."

(HMMM again, they hadn't made up their minds which way to spin this story, had they?)

Here is an excerpt that shows their intent to get to the bottom of this mess:

Reporters told Lafayette County Election Supervisor Lana Morgan the newspaper had come back to end the speculation.

(It is always good to "end the speculation")

"Good," she said. "You don't know how frustrating it is to convince people who are set on believing something even if it's not true."

(WOOPS, they forgot to interview any of those unconvincible OTHER people!!)

Nice ending:

Morgan invited the reporters for an early Thanksgiving dinner in her office, but they had to return home, driving to the Jacksonville airport past Snoball stands, chicken farms and anti-abortion billboards.

FACTSthey checked 17,000 ballots
RESULTS: Less votes for Bush more votes for Kerry
"Conclusion: no conspiracy"

Love that down home feel!


PS my rage is spilling out at no one here, just this terrible situation that we are all in...
My son is 17, and I will break his legs before I let them take him!
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badc0der Donating Member (64 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:36 AM
Response to Reply #42
47. But how do we get that data?
Comparing precinct by precinct is obviously better than what we have but how do we find out which specific precincts the MH recounted? And even if we get that are the per precinct results for Suwannee county available somewhere?

One other note the article claims that they counted 60% of the vote not 60% of the precincts. Although the article is probably incomplete (insofar as it really is 60% of precincts as well) if the MH is take to mean a 60% sample from all precincts than the extrapolation of results is probably good.
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nodictators Donating Member (977 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:44 AM
Response to Reply #42
88. LFoD, you are confusing the issue. The M-H was looking for changes
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 09:46 AM by nodictators
in the count. So, it doesn't matter if the ballots that were uncounted by the Miami Herald were for Bush or Kerry. We are looking to see if the Suwannee County counts were correct. The M-H handcount found a statistically significant difference that showed Kerry was short-counted in the official results. It's the difference that matters here, not the counts, since we all know the official totals.

Since Kerry was shorted in the 60% of the ballots the M-H looked at, it is completely valid to assume that Kerry would continue to be shorted at the same rate in the remaining 40% that the scumbag M-H reporters didn't count. In fact, that would be the maximum liklihood estimate for that 40%.

Pointsoflight has a great find and analysis. Let's not poison his or her correct conclusions.

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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:56 AM
Response to Reply #28
122. But Those reporters quite Obviously set out to quell
the vioce of concern - so naturally they would pull a 'Blackwell' as you described.

Going to the Dixiecrat states - they thought they would get what they needed but had to stop short, just as you suggested would happen in Ohio.

I'm not saying I know what the results will be, but you've made the point for a full recount.
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Paligal Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:47 AM
Response to Original message
33. Did you send this back to the Miami Herald? n/t
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:08 AM
Response to Reply #33
41. No, I'd rather see them get criticized for their shoddy reporting first.
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:24 AM
Response to Original message
46. Wake These Morons UP!
We need to write to every paper that carried this nonsense.

Here's what I wrote to the Herald. I hope you join me.

To: mlaughlin@herald.com nationalnews@herald.com investigations@herald.com HeraldEd@herald.com slevinson@knightridder.com
Subject: Herald's Fuzzy Math

Do you people own a calculator?

You falsely claim your count of Suwanee County ballots "nearly matched the county's official tally."

This is simply false.

Your count discovered that only 67.3% of ballots were for Bush and that 32.7% were for Kerry. This differs from the "offishyl" result by several percentage points.

Extrapolate your results to the entire county and you would have "found" (had you looked) a swing from Bush to Kerry of nearly 8% or
approximately 1200 votes.

And that's after examining only 00.12% of the votes in the state.

Hello!?! Is anybody home!?!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:51 AM
Response to Reply #46
48. thanks for sending your calculations
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badc0der Donating Member (64 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:08 AM
Response to Original message
49. negative deltas more damning
Ive been thinking of possible scenarios where the scanners/tabulators could count more votes for one candidate than a hand count would, especially given the reduction in invalid ballots. I cant come up with any legitimate scenario in which that would be the case maybe someone else can think of a way this could happen without tampering with or biasing the machines.
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:42 AM
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51. Mathematical analysis
Give these data to Professor Freeman. He will be very interested. A rough analysis shows that the original count and the control count for Suwannee County are incompatible.

Let's take the original count. 15675 votes, with 11153 votes =71.2% for Bush.

If we take a random sample (and this is what you do when you make a control count and stop when you've counted 58% of the votes), we can determine the mean and standard deviation for Bush's votes.

The mean is: (9124= total votes of the control count)

m = 9124*0,712 = 6496 votes. (This is what was to be expected in the control count).

The standard deviation is

sigma = square root (9124*0,712*0,218) = 37.6.

There is a 99% probability that a random sample lies between m-3*sigma and m+3*sigma. This is the so-called confidence interval. In our case this means that there is a 99% probability that Bush's votes in a control count with 9124 counted votes lies between 6383 and 6599.

Bush's actual vote count was 6140, however. This is far off. This is a deviation of (6496-6140)/37.6 = 9.46*sigma.

A standard deviation of 9.46*sigma means that the result is next to impossible and that you have to look for other explanations than random influence.

The most obvious explanation is that the original count was wrong. Is it therefore highly recommend to do another control count, but this time with 100% votes countes, not 58%.

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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:57 AM
Response to Reply #51
52. Little mistake
Sorry, I made a little mistake, but this doesnt' change anything.

The standard deviation is

sigma = square root (9124*0,712*0,288) = 43.3.

There is a 99% probability that a random sample lies between m-3*sigma and m+3*sigma. This is the so-called confidence interval. In our case this means that there is a 99% probability that Bush's votes in a control count with 9124 counted votes lies between 6366 and 6626.

Bush's actual vote count was 6140, however. This is far off. This is a deviation of (6496-6140)/43.3 = 8.22*sigma.

A standard deviation of 8.22*sigma still means that the result is next to impossible.



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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:18 AM
Response to Reply #51
53. Your starting hypothesis is flawed.
There is no basis for assuming that the ballots counted were a 60% random sample of the whole.

A 60% random sample would require that they sample from all of the ballots in the county - for example, by taking a representative 60% sample from each and every precinct.

They certainly didn't do this. They just counted 60% of the precincts.

That is not the same as taking a 60% random sample, since a candidate's support by precinct is generally not a randomly distributed variable: for example, there are especially lopsided precincts which break 80-90%+ for one candidate or another. Leave a couple of these out, and whoops! Your sample totals are off by several percentage points from the mean of the whole.

This partial count in Suwannee is not indicative of anything besides being, well, a partial count. Which is not to say that there aren't lots and lots of valid indicators of election fraud out there: just that this isn't one of them.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:44 AM
Response to Reply #53
64. You know what I find amusing about your response?
Gallop can call less than 1000 people in this entire nation and determine that Bush will win by a two digit percentile, and you, on the other hand, are asking for more than a 60% sample of a county before you accept what is no more than a projection which is valid enough to justify a full recount.
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bemis12 Donating Member (594 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:05 AM
Response to Reply #64
68. Not really
They said it "almost matched". Polls are random, this was specific precints.

Depending on which precints you counted in Cuyahoga county Ohio, you could arrive at the equally mistaken conclusions that Kerry took 80% of the vote, or that Bush did.
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JBear Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:46 AM
Response to Reply #68
76. Major Municipalities?
Does Suwanee County have any major liberal strongholds?? I think not. This is a rather homogenous county.....afterall, I am sure this is why they picked it.

(to the tune of Randi Rhodes's theme music)

Count the ballots, we're counting on you!
Count the ballots, a thing we just 'got to do!
Count the ballots, freedom is counting on you!

(oh I am getting sick!)

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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:16 PM
Response to Reply #76
143. All Suwanne is saying, is give recounts a chance.
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ReneB Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:55 AM
Response to Reply #53
66. He is right.. its flawed i think n/t
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:53 AM
Response to Reply #53
77. Not really

Even if the reporters reported the totals of some precincts - which is doubtable, see my post #72 - if the county has a homogenous structure, the randomness is still good. I think Suwannee County is such a county.

A standard deviation of 8.22*sigma can't be explained by a slightly skewed sample.




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nodictators Donating Member (977 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:20 AM
Response to Reply #53
95. LForD, this is about error rates in counting the votes. It is not about
"lop-sided" precincts or how many votes Bush or Kerry would get in the 40% of precincts that weren't reviewed by the M-H.

If the election officials had a given error rate in counting the 60% which were reviewed by the M-H, then it is perfectly logical and statistically valid to assume that their error rate would persist in remaining 40%.

In fact, there is probably is good reason to believe that they may have siphoned off Kerry votes and awarded them to Bush. And the slimeball M-H reporters realized that and scooted out of town.
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g9udit Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:28 AM
Response to Original message
54. They should recount Jefferson, Liberty, and Calhoun county !!
Below is the Florida vote count broken down by county :


http://ustogether.org/election04/FloridaDataStats.htm

Check out the numbers at the above website for
Jefferson, Liberty, and Calhoun county .

All 3 have have a very high percentage of Registered Democrats,
but all 3 reported the great majority of votes for Bush.

Why didn't the Herald pick one of these counties, since
their reported results are very far off from what
you would expect of a Democratic county ?


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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:28 AM
Response to Reply #54
71. We should recount Jefferson Liberty & Calhoun
We don't need them to do it for us.

Any citizen has the right to come to Florida and ask to look at the ballots. The SOE decide what the fee is and they will hold up the ballots for you to look at.

Call the local DEM party in these counties and ask them to organize recounts so we can find out what really happened.

The following link has links to every SOE in the State of FL.

http://election.dos.state.fl.us/county/index.shtml
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:52 AM
Response to Reply #54
121. "...recount Jefferson, Liberty and Calhoun count!!" Before you do that
maybe you should come down here and get to know some of these "Democrats".
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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:35 AM
Response to Original message
55. Very Good...
Should we media blast this? What do folks think? I think you just caught the media with its pants down.

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galadriel Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:59 AM
Response to Reply #55
91. What BlueDog2u suggested
I agree with you, BlueDog2u. And by the way, this is my very first post. But I've been reading yours for a while.

:yourock:

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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:34 PM
Response to Reply #91
135. Thanks, but I now suggest that before we blast it
We carry out the test indicated in my more recent post. Find out what the precint data are. That will help us to answer the question of whether these numbers could possibly result from variation in the precincts within the county. If we can safely rule out this explanation, then we have something explosively significant. If not, it still could be significant but we really don't know for sure.
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galadriel Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:02 PM
Response to Reply #135
154. Thanks a bundle
for responding to a newbie. Just finding my feet around here.

:hi:

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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 07:20 AM
Response to Reply #154
222. You're quite welcome
And by the way,

Welcome to DU! :toast:
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tngledwebb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:46 AM
Response to Original message
57. Net gain and loss
reversed exactly?! Very interesting...
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:47 AM
Response to Original message
58. This is JUST what I was saying yesterday
I calculated the net gain for Kerry equalled about 1/4% overall in those three counties. I was PISSED because the article made it seem that there was NO change--until someone posted the results. I bet they did a 0.3% calculation pretty much across the board. Nationally, how many votes do you suppose would that be? Enough to equal Bush's "mandate"?
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tngledwebb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:02 AM
Response to Reply #58
61. Gut instinct ( and other's research points the way)
says that the BIG mandate for Bush was exactly the high turnout numbers voting for Kerry, or ABB. BushCo evil-doers just flipped 'em, electronically or otherwise, and they are still laughing at all of us.

But not forever, and not for long...
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:51 AM
Response to Original message
59. Can we send this to the Florida Democratic Party? NT
NT
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mostly_lurking Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:59 AM
Response to Original message
60. I'm sorry, but your analysis is somewhat flawed
The original article says:

"The Herald counted almost 60 percent of the votes in Suwannee County, where nearly 64 percent of the voters are registered Democrats."

"The newspaper's total from those precincts: 6,140 votes for Bush and 2,984 for Kerry, which nearly matched the county's official tally."

The key is the phrase "from those precincts." What the reporters apparently found is a match, precinct by precinct to the official totals (since the individual totals by precinct were available to them).

This wasn't a "random sampling" of the ballots but a complete total from a number of the precincts. Your analysis is flawed -- expecting a linear extrapolation from precinct to precinct is no more valid than expecting such a relationship to hold from county to county (or state to state, for that matter).

My point isn't to burst your balloon but rather to try and keep people focused on the real issues. These academic exercises using numbers posted online aren't convincing anyone in the MSM or in any position to make an impact.
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:07 AM
Response to Reply #60
69. "Somewhat flawed" is being polite. Your restraint is admirable.
n/t
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Calvinist Basset Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:53 AM
Response to Reply #69
78. Wait, guys.
As much as I appreciate a healthy dose of skepticism, I think you're both missing the major points.

1. Random or not, the Herald did not count all the precincts. Either way, we are left with a question about final results, and it is simply premature and wrong of them to conclude that no funny business took place.

2. The other counties, which were counted completely, showed vote gains for Kerry. Instead of verifying the official election results, this fact should compel the reporters to ask if this trend was consistent across the state.
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mostly_lurking Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:13 AM
Response to Reply #78
81. Actually...
There is nothing wrong with sampling precincts. In fact, this is exactly what Nader is doing in NH. What is important is proving (or disproving) fraud involving the electronic voting systems. All you need to do that is to verify, by hand, the numbers tabulated by the machines in a closed system.

That means that taking samples of precincts throughout the state is a very good way to prove the point, one way or the other.
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Calvinist Basset Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:11 AM
Response to Reply #81
224. Sampling may be okay.
However, it still doesn't answer how they can make the claim that there was no funny business when all of their particular handcounting reduced Bush's votes, and only Bush's votes.
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:14 AM
Response to Reply #78
83. More votes for Kerry and less votes for Bush.
20 votes here, 20 votes there-it all adds up.
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mostly_lurking Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:17 AM
Response to Reply #83
84. You are correct that it adds up
However, errors of this type have always (and will always) exists. They are caused by human error (usually) although can also be mechanical malfunctions.

If you assume no "fraud" then the errors will statistically cancel out (there would be errors in favor of both candidates). If fraud exists then the assumptions are invalid.

Proving fraud will take more than a few votes differing in each precinct unless EVERY case shows an advantage to a specific candidate.
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Calvinist Basset Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:29 AM
Response to Reply #84
225. But that's just the point.
These numbers don't prove anything--they just raise suspicion. And suspicion should lead us to investigate more fully.

The problem is that the reporters' handcounting *all* showed a shift in Kerry's favor. Thus, we are compelled to ask the question whether these are indeed random errors.

Fraud may not be proven at this point, but it casts uncertainty about legitimacy. And that's good enough for me to have a full audit and recount.
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FloridaCrat Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:43 AM
Response to Reply #83
86. No one has explained how Bush "loses" votes in a handcount
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Her Blondness Donating Member (156 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:36 PM
Response to Reply #86
151. With punch cards, chads fall out after the first machine count
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 01:42 PM by Her Blondness
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:21 PM
Response to Reply #151
159. But Bush got *more* votes in the machine count.
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FloridaCrat Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:21 PM
Response to Reply #159
205. Not in Union and Lafayette counties, his votes went down
Here are the tallies for Union County:

Bush original: 3396
Bush hand count: 3393 (-3)
Kerry original: 1251
Kerry hand count: 1272 (+21)
Net change: Kerry +24

Here are the tallies for Lafayette County:

Bush original: 2460
Bush hand count: 2452 (-8)
Kerry original: 845
Kerry hand count: 848 (+3)
Net change: Kerry +11
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Calvinist Basset Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:39 AM
Response to Reply #205
227. Ooops.
I think you misread the previous post. The numbers show that Bush got more counts by the machines.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 08:33 AM
Response to Reply #151
226. There are no punch cards in Florida anymore...
they've been outlawed.

These counties are optical scan.
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:36 AM
Response to Reply #60
74. I'm not admiring you - you're wrong

The key is the phrase "from those precincts." What the reporters apparently found is a match, precinct by precinct to the official totals (since the individual totals by precinct were available to them).

See post #72 and sho mew which precincts were chosen by the Miami Herald to count. I'm looking forward to your answer.

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mostly_lurking Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:57 AM
Response to Reply #74
80. You make my very point...
Did you consider the (very likely) possibility that the absentee ballots were divided by precinct for the Miami Herald count? The web page you link to does not do such a division, so knowing for sure is again impossible.

That was my point from the start. Like many posters since 11/2, you are trying to draw inferences from online numbers w/o knowing the actual details. Fun, perhaps, but a dead-end.

If you remain curious about the precincts counted, why don't you contact the actual reporters and ask them?
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:39 AM
Response to Reply #80
99. Not so fast

Do you really think that, after doing their own count, the BoE members sit together and distribute the batch of absentee ballots over the precincts, just for the Miami heroes? What for? This makes no sense.








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mostly_lurking Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:09 AM
Response to Reply #99
107. Why don't you ask them?
You can contact the BOE and the Miami Herald.
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tom II Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:13 AM
Response to Reply #60
82. You just broke some hearts
Excellent response.

I am continually amazed by how determined people can "prove" anything with numbers, as long as you are selective over which ones they use and what they say they represent!

Please Please do not be sending this type of information to Olbermann. I watched him last night and he appears to be getting burned out with the chase. We need something more SOLID than just playing with selective numbers, extrapolating them, and presenting this as a case!





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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:43 AM
Response to Reply #82
101. Oh, I think Keith would have fun to bash the Miami heroes

I think I'll send him the stuff :-)



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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:16 PM
Response to Reply #82
129. no I don't think he's burned out
If you read his blogs from yesterday you'll know why he was like that on tv last night: grief over the plane crash that killed his boss's son.
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #82
160. You don't get the point.
I never tried to prove anything. I simply showed that it was the Miami Herald that didn't prove anything, as they were claiming.
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:19 PM
Response to Reply #60
158. The only way that allows Bush to "catch up"
Is if the deliberately chose not to count the 10 or so precincts that went most heavily for Bush, and its these heavy Bush precincts that remain uncounted. Anything other than that, and the hand count can not be reconciled with the official count.

That alone would be cause for concern. Why would you cherry pick in such a way that you deliberately leave out those precincts where Bush won by the biggest margin?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:16 AM
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62. Suwanneeeee, how I love ya, how I love ya, Mah Suwannee County!!
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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:18 AM
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63. Here are the Suwannee data from 2000
Bush/Gore -- supposedly, anyway.

Suwannee 8,006 4,075

Also, a scenario: How did Florida swing to Bush in 2000? Doesn't it make incredible sense to pad those Panhandle votes? The Dixiecrat theory provides an immediate case of plausible deniability.
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:59 AM
Response to Reply #63
123. Could be these Dixiecrats were unsure of what they were getting in 2000,
but liked what they saw! (no "compassionate conservative")

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kitp Donating Member (182 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:52 AM
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65. my email to them
prior to you guys doing this number crunching, I sent this email to the Herald (the Orlando Sentinel also ran the story and I wrote them as well).

I am writing regarding your recent articles dealing with the three county partial hand recount of ballots your reporters witnessed.

I have been following the problems with the our recent election in hopes of finding a way to eliminate all concerns and suspicions in this and future elections. I appreciate your newspaper being present at these recounts and publishing the results.

Anything that increases the transparency of our elections will improve the trust of the voters in that system.

I do have a few questions regarding your reports, though. In several studies, the UC Berkeley study for example, the three counties you reported on showed no signs of irregularities or problems. Therefore, a hand recount that is virtually identical with the reported results in these counties does not really address the issues raised by these studies.

A second issue is that in two of the counties the President lost votes in the hand recount. I do not understand how this is possible. A machine can (incorrectly) not count a vote for a variety of reason and a hand recount would add votes to the total, most likely adding votes for all candidates. However, if a hand recount decreases the votes cast for a candidate, that would mean that the machine counted a vote that didn't exist. I'm not sure I understand how this is possible and your article did not talk about this issue. Did the machine total include votes for which there was no corresponding ballot? Did the machine tally a vote when the ballot showed no selection? Either of these raises serious concerns about the machines' reliability. I have no concern that machines might miss votes, this can happen and hand recounts can find these votes and add them to the totals. I am concerned when the machine counts votes that don't exist.

The third issue is that, if our goal is to relieve the anxiety of those who feel that there is bias in the system, to show that regardless of what errors, glitches or malfunctions we may experience, it is systemic and affects all candidates, your report fails. Note that in each case of a hand recount, the reported results versus the hand-counted results favor John Kerry.

As I have been reading the reports of those who are concerned that there is a systemic bias in the errors, glitches and malfunctions toward the President in this election, I am afraid these results, though small, only feed that concern. It appears that there may actually be enough data to support the notion that there is a systemic bias and the results you reported do not challenge that, they support it.

My final point is that these partial hand-recounts in three counties not only do not address the serious issues raised regarding irregularities, as these counties were never in question, and not only do not address the possible serious issue of systemic bias, as the results seem to confirm systemic bias for every variance with hand-counting was in Kerry's favor, and not only do not address the possible serious issue of programmatic bias, as the machines counted votes for Bush that did not exist, but that these results are woefully inadequate to use as proof that "No flaw found in Bush's state win".

Again, I appreciate all efforts to make the 2004 election, and all future elections, transparent. I wish that you would continue this task by looking a little deeper into the issues raised and the problems reported.

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Turn CO Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:43 AM
Response to Reply #65
87. Great letter! Bush losing votes should be IMPOSSIBLE

yet the impossible has occurred: Bush lost three votes in one county and eight votes in another.

To look at the tiny percentage of change in total vote count in these two counties is beside the point. The machines cannot manufacture votes, or be able to count more votes for a particular candidate than exist upon substantiation by audit.

To your point, the machines have just been proven unreliable.

So, how does the machine count more votes for a candidate than exist? Any of the possible answers are unacceptable (and suspicious).
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klebean Donating Member (268 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:56 PM
Response to Reply #65
170. great letter - cc to KO as "talking points" n/t
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Iceburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:16 AM
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70. Brilliant PoL ... this may be one of the most significant
findings to date. You are a genuine American hero.
I will write a letter to the Miami Herald later tonight (that's if I don't get arrested at the protest in Ottawa, Canada today)
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:33 AM
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72. Suwannee County precinct-by-precinct data - interesting
Look at this here:

http://www.suwanneevotes.com/new_page_3.htm

You see that the total votes vor Bush and Kerry (11145 vs. 4513) match the official votes quite good (11153 vs. 4522).

The columns show the results for each of the 16 precincts. The column left of the totals lists the absentee+early votes.

So how did the Miami heroes get their data? Did they simply add the totals of some of the precincts, as some are suggesting?

This doesn't add up.

Look at the Kerry votes: He got 1512 absentee votes out of his total 4513 votes. This leaves 3001 "real-time" votes. In the incomplete Miami Herald count Kerry got already 2984 votes. This almost equals the real-time votes.

So either

- the Miami Herald count included ALL of the 16 precincts and neglected the absentee votes. But this doesn't add up with the Bush votes - he gets 7524 in the precincts, but got only 6140 in the Miami Herald count. Not possible.

or

- the Miami Herald included the absentee votes and some of the precincts. I picked the most pro-Kerry precincts until they added up to the Miami herald count roughly (precincts 1, 2, 11, 12, 13 + absentee votes, yielding 2975 Kerry votes). If you add the respective Bush votes, you get 6283 votes - this is a difference of 143 to the Miami Herald count, so this is surely not the sample they've chosen. All other combinations of precincts work even worse.

Conclusion: No combination of precincts, with or without the absentee votes, matches the numbers of the Miami Herald.
(doesn't have to match it exactly, but at least up to a few votes).

The theory proposed by some that the sample of the Miami Herald is not representative because it excludes certain precincts is no longer valid.

The statistical absurdities continue to exist.

Send this data to Professor Freeman. He'll have a nice time :party:






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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:50 PM
Response to Reply #72
138. Nice work...that's what I suspected
I think we have a really strong case here, for empirical proof which backs up the statistical modeling of TIA and so many others here.
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3 DanO Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:40 AM
Response to Reply #72
211. Precincts 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12 + absentee -> MH count (almost)
Edited on Wed Dec-01-04 01:15 AM by 3 DanO
When compared to the unofficial precinct tallies, the hand count of these counties add 6 votes for bush and 3 votes for kerry.

My original reply was:
Precincts 1, 2, 5, 7, 12, 15 + absentee -> MH count
which added 2 votes for bush and 9 votes for kerry. The revised set above is a better match.
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3 DanO Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:51 AM
Response to Reply #211
216. never mind
If only I had read the rest of the thread I would have seen that this was already resolved.
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Florida_Geek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:35 AM
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73. Reporter do not pass the smell test
I just got this from a Miami activist named Vilma ....
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I am not familiar enough with Meg Laughlin. She is not the regular "political columnist" for the Miami Herald.

She in fact for the longest time wrote about local (Miami) general issues. As for the other reporter, David Kidwell, this is the first time I have ever seen his name.

He must be new or a recently hired reporter. Perhaps even recently promoted to being a reporter.

What I found interesting is that the Miami Herald did not send it's so-called experienced well-known political reporters.

Also, I found it especially interesting that LaFayette Election Supervisor Lana Morgan felt friendly enough that she asked the two reporters to have a "Pre-Thanksgiving" dinner with her and mostly likely - her family!

How cozy!

Something that one does not normally ask of "strangers", unless it is a social service agency helping out folks who are indigent / homeless and know they could not afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

It just seems that the LaFayette Elections Supervisor felt much too comfortable and familiar with the two reporters.

My question is WHY? Did she sense the two Miami Herald reporters were biased and in favor of Bush?

This report just does not pass the "smell test", as far as I am concerned.

VILMA :)
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Twist_U_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:41 AM
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75. BBV might be interested in this
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mmiixx Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:55 AM
Response to Reply #75
79. BEV might like this to (cut&paste into word))
This was a reply in an Ohio forum thread posted by DU newcomer WhiteKnight1. It's very interesting, and I want to give it its' own thread here so more people are aware of it.http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ... /*About me:I have a graduate degree in computer science, and more than 15 years of experience as a software engineer working with highly reliable systems.I have a knack for looking at the results of software failures and figuring out what's wrong with the code. For now, I prefer to remain anonymous and will go by the handle: WhiteKnight(email: whiteknightfordemocracy@yahoo.com ).About the bizzare vote counts in one Ohio Precinct:After seeing the Associated Press story titled "Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes", I started thinking about the numbers reported in the story, whichare:Votes for Bush: 4258Votes for Kerry: 260 Total number of voters: 638It also says that Bush "actually received 365 votes". That means there must have been 13 votes for other candidates (638-260-365 = 13).I wondered how this result could have been produced. They called it a "failure", but I know a lot about how systems can fail, and this sounded fishy. Why were Kerry's vote totals recorded properly, but not Bush's? It's much more likely that a system failure would cause either no vote totals to be recorded at all, or that both totals would be corrupted.I suppose it could have been a hardware failure that occurred right after Kerry's vote total had been written to storage, and just as Bush's was being written. But that's likely to be a very narrow time window. It's possible, but sounds like a very rare failure mode. It just seems odd that out of the whole universe of possible failures, we get a failure that records Kerry's votes correctly, and corrupts Bush's total.Think of it this way: In basketball you know there are many ways a shot can fail to go in. It can go off the glass and miss, it can bounce off the front of the rim, rattle out, airball etc... etc... But there is one particular failed shot that's very rare: when the ball comes in at just the right trajectory with just the right speed, and it lodges between the rim and the backboard - just sticks there. I've seen it happen maybe a couple of times in years of watching the NBA.So think of the odds of a failure that records Kerry's votes correctly, but corrupts Bush's as analogous to the ball jamming there between the rim and backboard. Pretty rare failure huh? Well, it gets even worse:Why was the number off by only several thousand?If the votes are added up using a 4 byte unsigned integer, then the possible values range from 0 to 4,294,967,296 (over 4 Billion). If a random bit error or hardware storage error occurred, then why didn't Bush get say 3,239,568 extra votes in this particular "failure"? Most true failures would result in some wild number that you would immediately recognize as garbage.The analogy here is: not only did the basketball lodge between rim and glass, but the Spalding logo ended up perfectly horizontal, aligned front and center.Given all of this, I decided to explore ways that vote counting software could end up with these particular results. Was someone adding a percentage to the Bush votes? Was there some multiplier involved? After thinking about it for an hour or so, I decided to take a different tack: think like the person who is trying to rig the election. What would you do? You wouldn't really want to change the total number of voters. That might be too easy to detect given people being checked off on voter roles. Instead you would want to shift votes from one candidate to another. Maybe every 10th vote for kerry, you'd instead give to Bush.OK, that's pretty easy to program, but it wouldn't expain the bizzare results in this one precinct in Ohio. But... what if the evil programmer made a mistake? Maybe one line of code had an error they didn't catch. I decided to write a small vote counting program, and add in a function to steal every 10th vote. Once that was working I'd introduce a small error and see if the results came close the Ohio results reported by AP.The program below is the result. As you will see, there is one line of code that is supposed to add a stolen vote to Bush's total, and should be written as:b = b + 1; but (I theorize) it was mis-typed as:b = b + k; So instead of adding one stolen vote to Bush's total, it adds the running total of Kerry votes to Bush's total. Whoops! The output from the program with the typo in place is:starting electionElection results: b: 4258 k: 260 o: 13(the actual votes: b: 336 k: 288 o: 14)The output from the program with the typo corrected is:starting election Election results: b: 365 k: 260 o: 13 (the actual votes: b: 336 k: 288 o: 14)So the intent was to shift 29 votes from other candidates to Bush, but the one-line programming mistake gives him an extra 3922 votes.I'm not saying this proves that this is what happened, but it does indeed prove that a small, one-line programming error by an evildoer programmer could produce the results seen in this one Ohio precinct.-WhiteKnightp.s. Please circulate this as far and wide as possible. Thanks!*/#include <stdio.h>#include <string.h>// Vote totals for b=Bush k=Kery o=Otherint b=0, k=0, o=0;// The set of "real" books:int breal=0, kreal=0, oreal=0;//// Here's the hypothetical "patch" that the evildoer programmer// might have written://void robOhio(int creal, int* c) {// Look for every 10th vote from this candidate:if ((creal % 10)==0) {// OK, here's the bug. Should have been// b = b + 1;// Give the vote to bb = b + k; // Take it away from other candidate :*c = *c - 1;}}int main() {char votes<1000>;//// Here are the votes in a hypothetical order that I made up.// So in this example, the first two votes went to Kerry, the// next two to Bush, then one for Kery, one for Bush, one for // Other, and so on.//// The order of the votes does affect the final numbers but,// even if you change the order, the rough order of magnetude// of the bogus results stays about the same.////0 1 2 3 4 5//12345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890strcpy(votes,"KKBBKBOKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 50strcat(votes,"KKBBKBKKOBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKOBKKBKKBKKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 100strcat(votes,"KKBBKBBKBKKKBBKBBKBBKKBOKBBKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 150strcat(votes,"KKBKKBBKKBKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBOKKBKKKBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 200strcat(votes,"KKBKBBBKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKKBKBBKBOKKKBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 250strcat(votes,"KKBBKBBKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBOKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 300strcat(votes,"KKKBKBBKBBKKKBKBKKBBKKBKKOKKBKKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 350strcat(votes,"KKBKKBBKBBKKBBKKBKBOKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 400strcat(votes,"KKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 450strcat(votes,"BKKBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 500strcat(votes,"KKKBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKBKKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 550strcat(votes,"KKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBBKKKKKBBKBKKKBOKBBKBBKKBBKBBKBB"); // 600strcat(votes,"KKBBKBBKBBKKBBKBBKOBKOBKKBOKBOKKBBKBBK"); // 638printf("starting election\n");// Start counting votes:for (int i=0; i<strlen(votes); i++) {char v = votes;if (v=='B') {b = b + 1;breal = breal + 1; } else if (v=='K') {k = k + 1;kreal = kreal + 1;// This is not a vote for b, so steal some votes:robOhio(kreal, &k);} else if (v=='O') {o = o + 1;oreal = oreal + 1; // This is not a vote for b, so steal some votes:robOhio(oreal, &o);}}printf("Election results: b: %d k: %d o: %d\n",b,k,o);printf("(the actual votes: b: %d k: %d o: %d)\n",breal,kreal,oreal);}

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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:45 AM
Response to Reply #79
89. Bingo!
I just started a new thread, this could be very big... Thanks for forwarding!
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Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:47 AM
Response to Reply #79
102. This article by whiteknight
I have been posting copies of this article on student bulletin
boards in my college and I have seen computer students doing
the math themselves.  Maybe everyone should post a copy of it
in grocery stores and Wal-Mart.........
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BamaBecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:23 AM
Response to Original message
85. Well I'll be a Monkey's Uncle! n/t
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RedEagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:57 AM
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90. And what percentage of error would that be?
Even if you take out the possibility of fraud, what you have left seems to be a pretty error prone vote counting system.

So there are two problems here, and just on the basis of what the recounts revealed, seems like the whole state should be hand recounted.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:01 AM
Response to Original message
92. I have the original Herald article
and thought this additional info may be helpful:

SUWANNEE
County for Bush 6,138
Herald for Bush 6,140
County for Kerry 2,975
Herald for Kerry 2,984

I haven't compared this yet with the official precinct totals to see if there's a way to make it add up.
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:24 AM
Response to Reply #92
96. 2975 votes for Kerry?

I am familiar with this number. Look what I've written before, post #72:

I picked the most pro-Kerry precincts until they added up to the Miami herald count roughly (precincts 1, 2, 11, 12, 13 + absentee votes, yielding 2975 Kerry votes).

Coincidence? Or did they really select the best pro-Kerry precincts?







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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:34 AM
Response to Reply #96
114. Thanks woody, I misread your previous post
The precinct-level data from Suwannee SOE adds to a different total than the county-level results from the Florida DOS http://election.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchiv... (same place as in post from ccarter84 below).

Suwannee County SOE unofficial results:
Bush 11,145
Kerry 4,513

Florida DOS results for Suwannee County:
Bush 11,153
Kerry 4,522

Anyone know for sure if the latter are the official results and if so, can we get them by precinct?

BTW, I'm not disputing your conclusion, just trying to help drill in and see where the numbers come from. I also emailed Meg Laughlin and asked very nicely for some of these details. Will post if I get any reply.

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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:02 PM
Response to Reply #114
124. Important question

In your previous post, you refer to the *original* Herald article with the additional information

official count: 9138 votes for Bush, 2975 for Kerry

The online article doesn't mention these numbers. Where did you get them from, maybe from the printed newspaper, and can you vouch for it? Very important!

I was not upset, by the way, I don't feel that you are disputing me. It was just this number - 2975 - that caught my attention.



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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:11 PM
Response to Reply #124
126. Re: Important question
I live in Miami, subscribe to the Herald and have the printed copy in front of me.

It has a sidebox with the heading "COUNTING THE VOTES". That's where I got the county totals of 6138 for Bush and 2975 for Kerry.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:25 PM
Response to Reply #126
132. Confirming that the online version and the printed version
of the article are different.

The printed version has the "SMART BOX" titled "COUNTING THE VOTES", while the online version does not.
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:44 PM
Response to Reply #126
136. Thanks a lot!

9138 vs. 2975...great...so I know now which precincts they've chosen to feed the Herald reporters with.

This is worth a new thread, will take me half an hour or so...


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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:48 PM
Response to Reply #136
137. Not 9138...
it's 6138 vs. 2975.

Glad I could help!
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ccarter84 Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:49 AM
Response to Reply #92
103. suwanee 2k v. 2k4 issue
	2000	2004	change	%change	2000	2004	change	%change
pre*	4,075	4,522	447	10.97%	8,006	11,153	3,147	39.31%
post*	4,113	4,522	409	9.94%	8,026	11,153	3,127	38.96%

*suwanee pre and post recount in florida county

Sources: 
Results 2k pre recount
http://election.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchive/downloadresults.asp?ElectionDate=11/7/00&DATAMODE=

questionable post recount results 2k
http://www.unknownnews.net/election2000.html

Results 2k4
http://enight.dos.state.fl.us/downloadresults.asp?ElectionDate=11/02/2004&Datamode=E

sources are a pain to get via florida elections site unknown
file extension opens in excel

...who wants to doublecheck my numbers? :D
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bj2110 Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:19 AM
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94. Copy of e-mail correspondence with one of the authors
-----Original Message-----
> > Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 1:35 AM
> > To: Chardy, Al; Laughlin, Margaret; Kidwell, David
> > Subject: Apalled at the Irresponsible Journalism
> in Your Articles
> >
> >
> > In two recent Miami Herald articles, "Independent
> > vote
> > count confirms Bush win in northern Florida" &
> > another
> > concerning the checks of voter logs in Broward, I
> > seem
> > to have stumbled across blatant and irresponsible
> > partisan journalism in a major newspaper. To
> report
> > that your recount "confirms" the Bush win, or that
> > it
> > proves there was nothing out of the ordinary
> > occurring
> > is first of all factually incorrect, but most
> > importantly, opinionated and clearly is conveying
> a
> > biased conclusion. I am disgusted.
> >
> > Put this in your pipe and smoke it:
> > From the two totals printed in the first article,
> > Kerry picked up 37 votes over the "official" count
> > on
> > 7,952 total votes. The rest of the votes you
> counted
> > "nearly matched" the county's totals. (I'd like to
> > see
> > how nearly matched they really were) Multiply this
> > discrepancy over the 7.5 million Florida voters,
> and
> > you have Kerry gaining 35,000 votes. What if this
> > happened in Ohio? Would Kerry have conceded? And
> if
> > you're thinking the "discrepancies" should be
> evenly
> > distributed to favor both sides, you're right.
> But,
> > they don't. Show me one "irregularity" or
> > "unexplained
> > discrepancy" that favors Kerry, and I'll show you
> > 100
> > that favor Bush. I challenge you just to find one.
> > Now
> > that is the real story here, not what you've
> > printed.
> >
> > - BJ Nichols
> > Clearwater, FL




--- "Laughlin, Margaret" <MLaughlin@herald.com >
> wrote:
>
> > We did find votes that we counted for Kerry that
> the
> > machines didn't read
> > for him -- over 30 as you say. But even
> multiplying
> > 37 votes over three
> > counties over the rest of Florida's counties
> doesn't
> > make much of a
> > difference. Other Herald reporters are looking at
> > other anomalies.
> > Your attitude of our work is very similar to that
> of
> > the people who are made
> > at us for questioning the outcome enough to count
> > votes.
> > Best,
> > Meg Laughlin



-----Original Message-----
> Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 11:09 AM
> To: Laughlin, Margaret
> Subject: RE: Apalled at the Irresponsible Journalism
> in Your Articles
>
>
> I applaud your diligence in securing a hand count
> in these counties.
> But to say that this "proves" there was no
> conspiracy
> is irresponsible and completely ludicrous. I've
> already illustrated to you how 37 votes over that
> many
> counted would have affected the Ohio count, and
> Kerry
> most likely wouldn't have conceded. I urge you to
> print a retraction.
>
> Secondly, how did the Herald manage to get
> authorized
> to perform this "recount"? Groups have been trying
> to
> do this for some time now, and can't get access. I
> find it a little odd that all of the sudden there
> was
> a media group allowed access without warning and,
> we have "proof" that the election was
> fair and square. I'm still appalled.



--- "Laughlin, Margaret" <MLaughlin@herald.com > wrote:

> The two reporters never said this.




Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 09:19:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: RE: Apalled at the Irresponsible Journalism in Your Articles
To: "Laughlin, Margaret" <MLaughlin@herald.com >

From the Macon Telegraph website, posted 11/27.
Article by Meg Laughlin & David Kidwell - Miami
Herald:

4th Paragraph - And I quote: "The conclusion: No
conspiracy."

My point is not whether your facts or quotes are
accurate. My point is that conclusions were drawn that
were based on isolated examples. The two problems with
these conclusions are that they are a) wrong and b)
obviously biased.

Do a little real research. Read Dr. Stephen Freeman's
report from Penn. Read the CalTech/Berkeley study. Pay
attention to what's happening in Ohio. There was a
rally there yesterday with Jesse Jackson. Voting
machines are being denied in black precincts. Machines
are counting backwards, adding invisible votes. There
is a story here. It's not what you've reported.
Please, please remember why you became a journalist in
the first place. It's your job to report the truth.
Unbiased, non-partisan, and complete. The whole truth.
Help America uncover that. You will feel good about
yourself, I promise.

- BJ
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:56 AM
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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:26 PM
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146. Thanks for the report
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 01:32 PM by BlueDog2u
But can someone please write this reporter very politely, without being in her face, and ask which precincts they counted? This is absolutely critical to know the answer to.

Never mind, I've written.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:35 AM
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IAMREALITY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:38 AM
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98. LOL LOL
Sniff Sniff Sniff Sniff.....

Ewwwwwww What's That Smell????

Welcome to DU!

(wondering if you'll be here long enough to read this post)
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partisan to truth Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:43 PM
Response to Reply #98
162. lol
cute...
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Sparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:52 AM
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104. Yeah well, I and many others will read the article and it concludes
that there was no fraud involved in Florida and Bush** won Florida with no hassles. Once this is written in stone, people tend to believe it and not want it retracted.

It is so frustrting. So what's the point?
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nickshepDEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:15 AM
Response to Reply #104
110. Do you guys think
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 11:20 AM by nickshepDEM
we are just giving ourself some type of false hope? I mean it doesnt seem like Kerry really cares about a recount effort. Also, it doesnt seem like Bush or the republicans are even the least bit worried. I mean Im all for it but it just doesnt seem like it is ever going to get there unless Kerry or someone else high up in the party stands up and says Now... We need a recount Now... The American people deserve to know their vote was counted.
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 02:42 AM
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219. So, you are on speaking terms with Bush and the Republicans?
How in the hell do YOU know whether or not they are "worried"?

For that matter, how do YOU know what Kerry's thoughts and feelings are?

And, finally, guess what? People other than Kerry are working on this, people who CARE about this country and want to PROTECT our DEMOCRACY and our RIGHTS. You can help by DONATING to those causes, helping us to research, and working with US. Or attend the protest in Ohio on Saturday. I'm driving over 800 miles one way to do just that and volunteer in any way that I can.

If you don't see any value in helping, and prefer to just whine and spew negativity, I suggest you go watch TV or something instead of posting on DU.
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nickshepDEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 10:40 AM
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229. Well ......
Edited on Wed Dec-01-04 10:58 AM by nickshepDEM
Well if your leader and by leader I mean John Kerry has yet to make a public speach supporting recounts in Ohio and Florida its kind of hard to want to help. If Kerry was really behind this effort he would be in Ohio not, Jesse Jackson. Also, I never once said I didnt support recount efforts or that I wouldnt help if I could. I stayed up all night Nov 2 and all day Nov 3 hoping that Ohio would be overturned and given to Kerry, did you? I have hoped and prayed everyday since Nov. 03 that something would break and Kerry would be announced president, have you? So dont take your anger and emotions out on me. When I sayed the Republicans and Bush didnt look "worried", I was just stating the obvious. I mean he has visited numerous countries since the election and appointed new cabinet members. To me it seems like the least of his concerns are the protests in Ohio.

"want to PROTECT our DEMOCRACY and our RIGHTS" and one of those rights happends to be freedom of speach, right? Ya thats what I thought. SO, Ill post whatever I want, whenever I want, thanx.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:17 AM
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liberal al zib Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:36 AM
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115. You should be President of MENSA
Your mathematical skills should not be wasted. Did you consider getting your PH.D in Mathematics?
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:39 AM
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116. Can i forward your analysis to the Seattle Times?
This should be sent to every newspaper that quotes "No flaw in Bush's state win."
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ccarter84 Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:42 AM
Response to Reply #116
118. could someone review my data?
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Roger_Otip Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:40 AM
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117. not sure about the maths here
Union County -> 24 vote swing to Kerry out of about 4500 total votes = 0.5% swing
Lafayette County -> 11 vote swing to Kerry out of about 3300 total votes = 0.3% swing
forget partially recounted Suwanee since the error margin is too great and you have an average swing of 0.4% towards Kerry. but i thought Bush won Florida by 5%. but these counties were not randomly selected.

still, the significant thing here is that these two recounts produce swings in Kerry's favor - add that to all the other "glitches" and the exit polls showing in each case the official tally being weighted in Bush's favor and there's definitely a case to answer.

out of two recounts, the odds of both adding to Kerry's total are 1/4. if a full recount of Suwanee also added to Kerry's total, as the partial recount indicates it may, then the odds of all three of these counties swinging towards Kerry are 1/8. there must be a case now for recounting more counties in Florida.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 11:47 AM
Response to Original message
119. In their scramble to quell the voices...
They've performed a major screw-up.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:13 PM
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127. what am i doing wrong...
In one county Kerry picked up twenty four votes in a handcount of 4,668 votes or .005%


In another county Kerry picked up eleven votes out of 3,300 votes cast or .003%


Those numbers seem to be minuscule and within the tolerance of any vote counting system...


Also isn't .005% rounded zero?
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Roger_Otip Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:17 PM
Response to Reply #127
130. out by a factor of 100
24 out of 4668 is about 0.5% and 11 out of 3300 is 0.3%
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:19 PM
Response to Reply #130
131. ty
but kerry lost fl by 5%...



where is the original poster getting a much bigger shift...


also, i can see how folks screw up the optical scan by not pressing down hard enough with the magic marker....
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FloridaCrat Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:26 PM
Response to Reply #131
145. It's a double effect - add the votes for Kerry AND subtract votes from Bus
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Roger_Otip Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:03 PM
Response to Reply #131
172. the shift to kerry in these two counties is 0.4%
but in Suwannee county it is more, but since that one is only partially recounted i think it's dangerous to use it. we don't need to exaggerate here - the fact that there is a shift to kerry in two strongly Republican counties is highly significant in itself, and casts a lot of doubt on the result in Florida.
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Truman01 Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:14 PM
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128. Here's what you can do................
It won't change the election results, but if you want to discredit the president you can do it. Put in a request to see all the ballots in flordia through their sunshine laws, just like the NYT and CNN did after 2000.

Bring in an auditing firm to give your results some neutral credibility, and recount the entire state.

Unfortunately when this was done in Florida we still lost or you would have heard a lot more about it. But it could work this time.


TC
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:28 PM
Response to Reply #128
133. You don't have to do the whole state
at least not at first. All you need is a 'sample', with whatever criteria you choose.

In the meantime, the ballots are now on public records and anyone can ask to view them. You are just not allowed to touch them and you have to pay for the service. Otherwise, the ballots are there for the counting. At least in the optical scanner counties.

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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:05 PM
Response to Reply #128
140. When this was done in FL in 2000 Gore won the state. The data was reported
Sept 12, 2001. Now, why do you suppose we didn't hear more about it?
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Truman01 Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:20 PM
Response to Reply #140
144. Gore didn't win the recount, that is why you didn't hear about it.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:54 PM
Response to Reply #144
152. You need to do a little research. nt
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hastomen Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:26 PM
Response to Reply #152
174. 2000 results
For what it's worth, here's a link to a CNN story abuot the Miami Herald recount from 2000. (I couldn't find the actual Miami Herald story.)

http://archives.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/02/26/bush.flo...

According to the CNN article:

'The Herald review suggested that Gore would have gained no more than 49 votes if a recount of Miami-Dade ballots had been allowed.

"That would have been 140 too few to overcome Bush's lead, even when joined with Gore gains in Volusia, Palm Beach and Broward counties -- the three other counties where Gore had requested manual recounts," The Herald reported.

Mark Siebel, The Herald's managing editor for news, said a team of reporters and researchers examined 10,644 disputed presidential ballots from those counties.'


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Truman01 Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:12 PM
Response to Reply #152
181. I did a little more than reasearch I was there.
I was both on the recount teams and on the teams after the election. Gore lost on all but one count, ironically he would have won on a statewide count conducted with the guidelines that BUSH had asked for. His margin would have been 321 votes. In each of the other cases, including the one Gore wanted, he would have lost by somewhere between 312 and 1260 votes.

TC
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FloridaCrat Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 10:53 AM
Response to Reply #181
230. Does your number take into account the purge of "felons" from voting rolls
Edited on Wed Dec-01-04 10:54 AM by FloridaCrat
The wonderful Katherine Harris "felons list" erroneously removed many thousands - (have to look it up to get the right number) people from the voter rolls. Does your number include an analysis for some large percentage of those voting for Gore?
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Truman01 Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:50 PM
Response to Reply #230
231. No it didn't because the state,
right or wrong tells you who is properly eligable to vote. That wasn't challenged. I'm talking about the actual votes that we could count and the recounting of those votes. In that, Gore lost.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:40 PM
Response to Reply #181
232. 2000 NORC recount results
It's not true that Gore would have lost in all but one of the scenarios. There were nine scenarios examined in the study and each one was looked at under two different criteria (majority vs. unanimous agreement) for a total of eighteen "results". Bush wins in seven cases and Gore wins in the other eleven cases.

Here's an article from the American Statistician that shows all the results:
http://www.amstat.org/misc/PresidentialElectionBallots.... (slow loading pdf)

Specifically look at Table 11 and the text that starts in the last paragraph on page 12.

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Truman01 Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 05:06 PM
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238. As I said, your results are stunning, but I was actually there counting.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 07:50 PM
Response to Reply #238
239. No need to get snippy about it (n/t)
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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 12:32 PM
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134. Thom Hartmann
Just mentioned this DU post!!!!

Listen live:
http://www.radiopower.org/talkradio/
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:10 PM
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141. What a mess...
"In several studies, the UC Berkeley study for example, the three counties you reported on showed no signs of irregularities or problems."

If counties where discrepancies were not expected are showing these kinds of problems, there is one heck of a mess in Florida.

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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:11 PM
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142. Kick!
:dem:
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Yancey Ward Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:27 PM
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147. The extrapolations are meaningless.
They may have stopped counting in Suwanee county because the counts of the precincts corresponded almost exactly with the counts registered on November 2nd. The extrapolation being performed only has meaning if the the ballots were being counted in a completely random fashion.

There are a two possibilities:

(1) The nearly 60% count could have arisen from having whole precincts counted with the rest being completely uncounted. The county is certainly not completely homogenous, thus it would be no surprise to find that Bush might poll 67% in that 60%, but poll 77% in the uncounted portion.

(2) The 60% count arises from a partial count of all or most of the precincts, but the tallies from each of the individual precincts is almost spot on (as measured by percent) to the percentages garnered by each candidate on November 2nd.

Without knowing what that 60% consists of, there is no rational basis for claiming fraud. The extrapolations are meaningless.
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BlueDog2u Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:31 PM
Response to Reply #147
148. The data are available in this thread
And there is only one precinct in the county which could add enough votes to the Kerry column to produce these lopsided results. I have just written to Ms. Laughlin requesting information on which precincts were counted. Your objection will have force only if the precinct in question was counted. I'm curious to learn the response.
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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:32 PM
Response to Reply #147
149. Solution
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Yancey Ward Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:15 PM
Response to Reply #149
157. Woody b
Thanks for the link. I thought this might have been addressed inside the thread, but I was reluctant to read through every single post to find it. Your analysis is convincing.
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googly Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:36 PM
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150. Are extrapolations admissible in court? If yes, sue the bastards!
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O.M.B.inOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:09 PM
Response to Reply #150
155. sue them and make them recount (observed) to prove no fraud
delicious thought. Can't the Dems spare 2 out of 17,000 lawyers to read DU?
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talk hard Donating Member (549 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:01 PM
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153. Good work!
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 02:02 PM by talk hard
It is delightful to read someone persevering in the face of being told there was nothing amiss and finding much amiss with the voting process.

Every time I hear about Bunnypant's second term, I yell at the TV, "They're not done counting yet."
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:14 PM
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156. KEEP THIS KICKED :)) NT
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 02:15 PM by Karenca
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SleeplessinSoCal Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:36 PM
Response to Reply #156
161. Can we hire John Edwards to tackle this?
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partisan to truth Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:44 PM
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163. kick! thanks man
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wlubin Donating Member (190 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:46 PM
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164. I wrote an email to the journalist from the miami herald who wrote
this article, and she just wrote me back. In her email she asks me to

"Tell me why you think our totals were wrong."

Below is what I wrote to her as well as her response. I guess I wrote her without knowing enough first. I would like some advice as to what I should write her back with.

My email to her:

You picked three counties in which there never was a question, and in
fact created a suspicion in the fact that every anomaly that you
uncovered, though small, was always in Bush's favor. Your conclusion is
the wrong one.


Her response email:

We came up with a count total based upon what we counted. Tell me why
you think our totals were wrong.

Thanks,
Meg Laughlin
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spotbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:58 PM
Response to Reply #164
166. Here's a start.
Meg Laughlin and David Kidwell,

In your article you did not support this statement, "The Herald counted almost 60 percent of the votes in Suwannee County, where nearly 64 percent of the voters are registered Democrats. The newspaper's total from those precincts: 6,140 votes for Bush and 2,984 for Kerry, which nearly matched the county's official tally."

Would you please provide the precincts that were included in the partial recount of Suwannee County? It would allay the concerns of the many. Standing alone the numbers included don't support the accuracy of the first count, context is required.

The reason they don't support the augment that the first count was correct is that if the numbers you printed were a representative sampling of the entire county then the count for the entire county was off considerably favoring Mr.Bush. If on the other hand, the precincts you counted had the same results in the first count, and the sample was not representative of the whole, your position would be supported (for the recounted part of Suwannee at least).

As the article stands no conclusions can be drawn about the accuracy of the count in Suwanee County.



Thank you
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:57 PM
Response to Reply #166
171. Meg Laughlin replied with precincts used
I emailed Meg Laughlin to ask which precincts and she replied:

These are the Suwannee precincts we checked: 01, 02, 05, 07, 12,15, absentee
and early ballots. We chose these precincts randomly.
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JohnnyCougar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:07 PM
Response to Reply #171
179. Can anyone do an analysis on this then?
where is the presinct by presinct election data for this?
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:10 PM
Response to Reply #179
180. Here's a thread that has what you want:
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Dolphyn Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:45 PM
Response to Reply #164
169. Here's what I would write ...
I wouldn't say the totals are wrong, only the conclusion. The data simply don't support a conclusion of "no conspiracy."

I don't have the email addresses, but here's what I would write. Feel free to borrow:

Dear Ms. Laughlin and Mr. Kidwell,

Thank you for recounting some of the Presidential votes in Florida. I have some serious concerns about the data you presented for Suwanee County:

Official tally: 28.8% for Kerry (that is, 4522 out of 11153 + 4522)

Your count: 32.7% for Kerry (that is, 2984 out of 2984 + 6140)

This is a significant discrepancy!

The recount would need to be completed in order to draw any real conclusion, but it certainly looks like Kerry may have been shortchanged by 4% of the total votes.

Please, PLEASE complete your recount of Suwanee County and let us know the results.

Thank you.
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goldengreek Donating Member (835 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 02:47 PM
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165. These people think we're stupid! (n/t)
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Dolphyn Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 03:26 PM
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168. Exit poll data for Suwanee County?
Does anyone have the exit poll data for Suwanee County?

I'd like to compare the following numbers:
% official tally for Kerry: 28.8% of Bush + Kerry votes
% reporter's count for Kerry: 32.7% of Bush + Kerry votes
% exit poll for Kerry: ??

If the exit poll data is close to the reporter's data, it would give a strong case to say "maybe the exit polls were right."
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Yancey Ward Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:14 PM
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173. I will add just one other note.
All of this conjecture about Kerry actually winning Florida assumes the hand count is more reliable than the machine count. This may or may not be true, but is is certainly true that any two hand counts are not going to produce the same numbers. If the Miami Herald recounted all three counties you might find that the +35 pickup for Kerry would turn into -35 for Kerry in Union and Lafayette Counties. As for the results in Suwannee, again I will point out the Herald likely only counted certain precincts within the County and found that those totals were the same as Nov 2nd, however, I will await a clarification from the paper.
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Chasing Dreams Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:04 AM
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214. You have got to be kidding. That is pure, unfounded speculation.
Hand counts always have two counters per "pile", and observers from each campaign. There is no way "you might find that the +35 pickup for Kerry would turn into -35 for Kerry" in a second hand count. Hogwash.

By the way, Canada counts paper ballots by hand. They have smooth elections. Check out this article from four years ago:

http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWSUSElection0011/28_canadianelec...

And here's lots more on the merits of paper ballots and hand counting:

http://www.askquestions.org/details.php?id=12
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Yancey Ward Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 09:24 AM
Response to Reply #214
228. I guess you didn't watch the Amazing Race last night.
It was an education in the art of counting large numbers.
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AlexHamilton Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:40 PM
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175. Why are there no statistical checks in place?
Banks use them. Tax auditors certainly use them.

Why not allow ballots to be counted by machine as they are now for a first result, but also do random hand counts in randomly chosen precincts to ensure the results are accurate? If irregularities are found, a manual recount can be done for the areas(or machines) affected. This would be a balance against systematic error in card readers, and other forms of possible election fraud/counting errors.

There would be very small overhead cost, other than paying a few people for a few hours of work. It would at least leave everyone knowing the true results of the election.


Alex Hamilton
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 04:52 PM
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177. I just found out that the Miami Herald only counted
the precincts in Suwannee County that they wanted to count. They did not ask to count the whole county. Too bad they didn't mention that fact in their report.

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Lizzie Borden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:31 PM
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182. kick!
:kick:
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:39 PM
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183. This is interesting
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 05:41 PM by daleo
After a recount the Bush vote drops nearly 2% with a consequent pickup by Kerry, yielding a nearly 4% change in the spread between them, and the Miami Herald calls that inconsequential? Talk about burying the real story.

Note: this is just using the 2 full counties and the 60% "sample" of the other one.

Bush pre-recount = 17099/23627 = 71.99%
Kerry pre-recount = 6618/23627 = 28.01%

Bush post-recount = 11985/17089 = 70.13%
Kerry post-recount = 5104/17089 = 29.87%

Bush drop = -1.86%
Kerry pickup = 1.86%

Change in distance between them = 3.71%

It is interesting that the percentage change was small in the two counties that they completed counting (Bush lost .35% in Union and .13% in Lafeyette), but large in the one that they only did a 60% count in (Bush lost 3.86% in Suwannee). It seems like they wanted to bury that fact, by lumping it in with the other two while mentioning small absolute numbers of votes, and not actually working out the percentage changes for the county where the change was large.

It looks like they intentionally soft-pedalled a result that shows significant changes after their recount.

On edit - it also looks like they stopped the count early, so that they could avoid reporting it in a manner that showed an absolute vote change.
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bemis12 Donating Member (594 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 05:46 PM
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184. Already debunked
My question remains.... if the Miami Herald has no interest in reporting the biggest news story of the century. Indeed, if they're in bed with the republicans in a vote fraud scheme....

Why would they report this at all?

Why wouldn't they just lie?

Those don't make sense.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:38 PM
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186. They don't have to be in bed with a fraud scheme
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 07:41 PM by daleo
The fact that they didn't play up this angle of the story doesn't mean they are in bed with a fraud. It just means they are afraid to go out on a limb as far as the conventional wisdom goes about the recent election. When some of the facts became inconvenient, they sort of ignored them or fudged them, because they didn't want to be seen as going against the grain and contributing to crazy conspiracy stories. After all, this is just three small counties, not the biggest story of the century (that would be the reasoning).

As to why they reported at all - I don't know. It might be that not reporting it would be seen as suppression of the story, if word got out. Perhaps they couldn't trust certain people in the newsroom not to go to bloggers.

The fact remains that the vote percentages changed quite substantially from the pre to post recount, at least in my little calculation. Has that been debunked? Personally, the theory that the other 40% of the polls would have corrected this variance if they would have been counted is just that - a theory. I see no evidentiary base for it. Furthermore, it could be tested by the simple expedient of sending the reporters back to finish the count.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 06:39 PM
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185. Got an answer from the MIA Herald in response
Pointsoflight, I used your conclusion and forwarded it to Miami Herald this is the response I got from Margaret Laughlin.....

From: Laughlin, Margaret
To: xxxx
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 3:54 PM
Subject: RE: Independent Vote count

I don't know about the state. I only know about what we counted. And we stand by that small part of the Florida election story. Cewrtainly, it's not the total story.

-----Original Message-----
From: xxx
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:41 PM
To: Laughlin, Margaret
Subject: Independent Vote count

Your investigation is a joke!
In Suwannee county where the vote count for Kerry deviated the most you only counted 60 % of the votes. A switch of 1208 votes in a county with less than 16K votes cast is obviously huge. Yet you proceed to claim there's "no flaw in Bush's state win." Sorry, but what I see is a possible gain of 1243 votes for Kerry from three small counties in which only 23627 ballots were cast! That represents about 0.3% of the ballots cast for Bush and Kerry statewide. If Kerry gained votes at the same rate statewide, he picks up nearly 400,000 votes and wins Florida. Nevermind the possibility of computer tampering in counties that used touch-screen voting on machines where the owner of the corporation that made the voting machines is a supporter of Bush!
And we're telling the Ukraine how to run their election?
Try again!

xxxx
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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:49 PM
Response to Reply #185
188. Interesting..
"Cewrtainly, it's not the total story."

Then what is the the total story? hmm...
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Roger_Otip Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:47 PM
Response to Reply #188
202. is that W in Cewrtainly a Freudian slip?
or is she trying to tell us something?
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:23 AM
Response to Reply #188
208. Whoa! Someone has a gWuilty conscience.
What, indeed, is the total story?
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Live Free Or Diebold Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 07:54 PM
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191. Looks like BBV has just updated
Here

Quote:

BREAKING -- TUESDAY NOV 30 2004: Black Box Voting files lawsuit against Palm Beach County, Florida for failure to provide public records. Filed in the circuit court of the fifteenth judicial circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, FL, civil action no 50 2004 CA 011167 XXXX MB. full text of lawsuit.Today, at the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections meeting in Orlando, we made a surprise visit to the podium during Teresa LaPore's send-off meeting to present her with a courtesy copy of the lawsuit we served on LaPore this morning.
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fearnobush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:16 PM
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192. Kick.
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coolcat Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:20 PM
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193. 558 More Stolen Votes in Suwannee County
It's even simpler than extrapolation. The stealing of votes is going on right before our very eyes. People aren't noticing the OBVIOUS, that is what is scary.

Look at the precinct totals from Suwannee County and sum them up on this page:

http://www.suwanneevotes.com/new_page_3.htm

336
515
522
679
429
355
269
364
558
459
468
609
734
369
359
499
3621
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10587 Bush Votes (558 LESS than reported 11145 !!)
Curiously 11145-10587 = 558 whoops, I must've glitched and added Precinct 9 twice.

Same summation for Kerry

536
257
180
184
163
120
106
114
145
156
167
287
217
90
114
165
1512
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4513 (as reported)
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:31 PM
Response to Reply #193
194. Wow, that's a 5.27% increase in Bush votes
558 / 10587 = .0527

A whoops here and a whoops there and before you know it...
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Roger_Otip Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:56 PM
Response to Reply #193
203. i think you made a glitch there
i've added it up and it comes out ok - but someone else please check.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:13 PM
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204. You're right, there is a glitch.
It adds up to 11145 so the Suwannee County SOE has the correct total.

Earlier I had double checked what coolcat was saying and got the same incorrect total that (s)he did (10587).

Here's how it happened to me. I copy/pasted the column into Excel and then summed the column. I just looked at it again and found that there was a space in front of the 558 figure that kept Excel from including that one cell in the sum.
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coolcat Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 07:21 AM
Response to Reply #193
223. Retraction of 558 votes steal
Sorry Folks,

I should've followed my OWN advice and used the calculator, instead I used Excel. At least some others had the same odd experience with Excel leaving out the precinct that had a leading space.

The published totals do look correct. Now if I could retract that nasty letter to the Miami Herald...

Tail between legs.
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berniew1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 08:54 PM
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196. All major studies showed major problems in big touchscreen counties
The "audit" in 3 small rural counties is a red herring being circulated to quell concern over possible fraud in Florida. The 3 small counties in question showed no irregularities in pattern compared to 2000 voting and recent voter registration data. They were volunteered to be counted because it was known that they had no problems. Otherwise they wouldn't have been volunteered to have the counts.
But all of the major studies on unusual voting patterns in Florida
Univ. of Calif.(Berkeley) study, Princeton Univ. study and www.flcv.com/fla04EAS.html
found that the big unusual patterns in Florida were in the big touchscreen counties. This appears to be an attempt to take attention away from the touchscreen counties where anomalous patterns of votes was found by focusing instead on small optical scan counties. But it says nothing about the bigger issue, touchscreens in large counties. There were some larger optical scan counties that showed some unexpected voting patterns, but not these and not as much as the touchscreen counties.
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Debbie13 Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:42 PM
Response to Reply #196
200. "Palm Beach's failure to provide public records" from blackbox.org
Edited on Tue Nov-30-04 09:43 PM by Debbie13
"BREAKING -- TUESDAY NOV 30 2004: (Description of serving Teresa LaPore with lawsuit at Florida Supervisor's meeting) -- Black Box Voting files lawsuit against Palm Beach County, Florida for failure to provide public records. Filed in the circuit court of the fifteenth judicial circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, FL, civil action no 50 2004 CA 011167 XXXX MB. full text of lawsuit.Today, at the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections meeting in Orlando, we made a surprise visit to the podium during Teresa LaPore's send-off meeting to present her with a courtesy copy of the lawsuit we served on LaPore this morning."

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
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FloridaCrat Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:23 PM
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197. Letters to the Editor, Miami Herald 11/30 in Response
Here's a link to some letters - both in printed and online versions today:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/10299...

I'll copy the text in case they disappear from online tonight:


Opinion: PERSPECTIVES ON ELECTION INVESTIGATION
Posted on Tue, Nov. 30, 2004


Re the Nov. 28 front-page article No flaw found in Bush's state win: To get past the horrendous election mess of 2000, The Herald and other media were quick to applaud ''smooth voting'' in Florida. Now The Herald insults us further with a story on three small counties in north Florida that voted for Bush, declaring that this is the proof that the election results are correct.

At the same time we have the audacity to shout ''fraud'' in the Ukrainian vote. At least the Ukrainians have ballots they can count to verify.

Have the counties of Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Pasco, Highland, Holmes, Indian River, Lee and Levy refused to be held accountable for the 2004 presidential election by declining to produce basic audit documents until after all election contest periods have lapsed? Bev Harris of Blackbox voting demonstrated how to alter vote totals within 90 seconds by entering a two-digit code in a hidden location. A second set of votes can replace the original totals in a matter of seconds. This is not a ''bug'' or accidental oversight; it is there on purpose.

It's a sad day when the media won't look into the discrepancies that occurred on Election Day.

R.A. MILLS, Pembroke Pines

There has been no serious investigation into the most prevalent voting issue -- how easy it is to hack and gain unauthorized access to the election tabulating computers from remote locations, even overseas, with no detection or tracks. The voter database is a simple Windows file that can be easily modified using Microsoft Access. Grass- roots efforts have found significant evidence and will continue to make progress, but not before more time passes.

VERA DULANEY, Lighthouse Point

The Herald investigation found no fraud? Did Herald reporters find the provisional votes that weren't counted? Did they find the machines that counted backward when a certain number of Kerry votes was reached? Did they count the votes that never got to be votes because of intimidation?

ALICE LANGER, Miramar

Re The Herald's editorial Reform needed for nationwide election integrity: You want to eliminate states' rights, but I would like to see the intent of the 10th Amendment restored. This is a state responsibility. And the states should be responsible for teaching and training voters on their responsibilities.

We are one of the 50 sovereign states and not a colony of the federal district in Washington, D.C.

PAUL T. CAPLE, Pompano Beach

Thank you for investigating voting-fraud allegations. While your inquiry explains election results in the counties you investigated, I don't think it goes far enough into the possibility of computer tampering in counties that used touch-screen voting.

Honestly, can anyone discount the possibility of rigging votes when the owner of the corporation that made the voting machines is a supporter of Bush? Your opinion calls for uniform standards, nonpartisan election officials, a paper trail and accurate counts. How do you suggest that voters go about doing this? Some concrete suggestions would be helpful.

SORAH DUBITSKY, Pembroke Pines

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dlaliberte Donating Member (168 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:50 AM
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212. Miami Herald only wanted to show that dixiecrats voted for Bush
Did most people here miss what the article intended to address? They asked: How did the Republicans win so heavily in counties stocked with Democrats?

By recounting those three dixiecrat counties and showing that the hand count was very close to the reported tally, much closer than being off by 30% anyway, therefore there was no conspiracy to change large numbers of votes by registered democrats into votes for Bush. They succeeded in doing that, and their conclusion about that particular point was correct. Not acknowledging that merely confuses the discussion further, and makes us look like we are denying their conclusion, which actually we don't contest at all.

However, as everyone here knows, the conspiracy was more subtle. It is the small percentages across many counties that add up, and perhaps some larger percentages in the larger counties. They would need to spread the fudge around so as to be barely noticable and easily excusable.
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DemoMemo Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:24 PM
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198. Extrapolation
Sorry, but much as we might like to extrapolate from these three counties, it really is not meaningful to do so unless there is some reason to expect a systematic Kerry undercount across all Florida counties. Much as we might like to nurse conspiracy theories, that would be quite some conspiracy to pull off.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:27 AM
Response to Reply #198
209. We don't "nurse conspiracy theories."
We're revealing, one piece of evidence at a time, a tainted election and manipulation of the vote.

Get over yourself.
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proudtobeadem Donating Member (665 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:41 PM
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199. kick
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gorbal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 09:43 PM
Response to Reply #199
201. WOW!
Florida Peoples need to hold a rally or some such thing :)
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november3rd Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 10:24 PM
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206. fla handcount
now yer talkin!
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masshole1979 Donating Member (172 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:21 AM
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207. Can you please provide final numbers from your analysis of this article...
1) official tally numbers, precinct by precinct
2) miami herald numbers (now that you have the precint numbers)

This seems like such a potentially huge story (an actual recount showing a swingable difference, and by a hostile party no less--yes I believe the miami herald is pretty pro-republican, cuban mafia and all that) that I can't see why it isn't on the front page. My guess is that the back and forth and guessing and retracting and all the freeping have made it too confusing. So put it in plain numbers and English. Thanks.
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 12:28 AM
Response to Reply #207
210. Yo no creo El Miami Herald
My hometown fishwrapper.

Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, that's it. Throw the rest in the can.
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:45 PM
Response to Reply #207
233. See post #221 below
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Dcitizen Donating Member (212 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:01 AM
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213. Clear & strong evidence. Validate all or not, and when?
President has 4 years term, but e voting governs 40-50 years. Must be accuracy.
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EconomicsDude Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:57 AM
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217. Right...as noted before, there probably isn't anything here...
These results could very well disappear if the remiaing ballots are counted. If the errors being caught by hand counting are random then when the remaining 40% are counted then it could very well be the case that Kerry comes out with a small gain, a small loss or even a big loss.

Based on the above numbers lets say that the error rate is 5% (after all some votes that initially were counted for Kerry might have gone for Bush in the hand recount). Of the remaining votes to be hand counted this assumption means that there are 328 mis-read votes. Now if the probability of a mis-read is 0.5 then the probability of Kerry picking up 78.1% or more of the mis-read ballots is pretty low. Using the binomial distribution we get a probability that is essentially zero.

Then to apply this partial result to the entire state is also quite dubious in that it assumes that each county is basically going to have the same error rate and that Kerry is going to benefit overwhelmingly from these misreads. This is even more unlikely.

Further there is also the possibility that the results from Suwannee county are an outlier. They do happen, and it is bad statistics to try and make predictions on such a small sample when there is a fairly good chance one datum in the sample is an outlier. That is, if the rest of the state are more like Union and Lafayette then this result would disappear.
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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 06:33 AM
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221. Original post was based on incomplete data
The analysis in the original post uses an exact calculation for Union and Lafayette counties but then has to extrapolate for Suwannee County since the original counts weren't known for the Suwannee precincts that were counted.

But now we know the original counts for the 6 precincts plus early and absentee that were counted in Suwannee. If we redo the math the results are very different. Here it is:

Here are the tallies for Union County:

Bush original: 3396
Bush hand count: 3393 (-3)
Kerry original: 1251
Kerry hand count: 1272 (+21)
Net change: Kerry +24

Here are the tallies for Lafayette County:

Bush original: 2460
Bush hand count: 2452 (-8)
Kerry original: 845
Kerry hand count: 848 (+3)
Net change: Kerry +11

Here are the tallies for Suwannee County (precincts 01, 02, 05, 07, 12,15, absentee and early ballots)

Bush original: 6138
Bush hand count: 6140 (+2)
Kerry original: 2975
Kerry hand count: 2984 (+9)
Net change: Kerry +7

Net change for all 3 counties: Kerry +42

The net change for all 3 counties from the original post using extrapolation was Kerry +1243. The net change using the exact data is Kerry +42.

The reason this occurs is because the precincts selected to recount had very different percentages of votes for the two candidates than the whole county did and therefore the extrapolation was wildly skewed.
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Ozy Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 07:57 PM
Response to Reply #221
240. But Kerry +42 *is* significant!
Edited on Wed Dec-01-04 08:07 PM by Ozy
A gain for Kerry across the 3 counties of 42 votes *is* significant:

Across Union, Lafayette and the 6 precincts of Suwannee (Miami Herald hand-recount):

Bush original: 11994
Bush handcount: 11985 (-9 votes) (-0.07%)
Kerry original: 5071
Kerry handcount: 5104 (+33 votes) (+0.65%)


So the handcount is showing a boost for Kerry of 0.65% over the machine-counted totals. And this in a race where the margin of victory last time was 0.01%.

Every paper-trail county in FL must be hand-recounted.

If there's no skullduggery going on and the errors in the counting machines affect both candidates equally then, in any given county, a hand-recount should have a 50% chance of showing a net gain for Bush, and a 50% chance of showing a net gain for Kerry.

If you hand-recount 1 county, and Kerry makes a net gain, the chance of that happening randomly is 50%.

If you hand-recount 2 counties, and Kerry makes a net gain in both, the chance of that happening randomly is 25%.

If you hand-recount 3 counties, like we have here, and Kerry makes a net gain in all 3, as he does here, the chance of that happening randomly is 12.5% - or 1 in 8.

--

Let say we hand-recount more counties - and Kerry is picking up a few votes here, a few votes there in all of them - the chance of that happening randomly gets less and less all the time. Count all the counties with a paper-trail!

--

Again, using the exact Miami Herald data across the 3 counties:

Bush original: 11994
Bush handcount: 11985 (-9 votes) (-0.07%)
Kerry original: 5071
Kerry handcount: 5104 (+33 votes) (+0.65%)


Don't look at that and think oh, that's only 33 votes! That's a full 0.65%, in a race that was decided last time by 0.01%.

Random chance? Inexplicable wee glitches in the counting machines? Could be. The only way to be sure is to hand-count all the paper-trail counties - if the machines are consistently undercounting Kerry by wee margins of 0.5% or so, then that's a significant piece of evidence in our hands.



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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-04 02:19 PM
Response to Reply #240
243. Yes, I agree that Kerry +42 is significant
I also agree with your post #242 where you say we are not looking for wild-deviations but an accumulation of small ones.

We would all welcome one wild deviation (a eureka moment) that would settle the matter but that's not likely to happen. The irregularities are small but everywhere you look and they all go in Kerry's favor (fixing them, that is).
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 01:59 PM
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234. Your conclusion doesn't work
You need to know the precise changes in the individual precincts in that last number before you extrapolate to the whole.
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pointsoflight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 02:27 PM
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235. UPDATE: Minimal changes in the hand count, but still some issues.
Edited on Wed Dec-01-04 02:46 PM by pointsoflight
This post keeps resurfacing, so I thought I'd give an update.

The on-line Miami Herald article did not give all of the data needed to examine Suwannee County, the county where there were the biggest questions. In particular, they did not tell us which precincts were counted, nor did they give us the certified vote tally for the precincts that were counted. Given this, we didn't have the ability to directly compare the hand counts to the corresponding certified counts from the precincts they counted. I therefore had to extrapolate from the numbers they gave us, and this suggested that there *could* be a problem--not that there definately was a problem, but that there could be a problem (particulary if their 60% sample was at least somewhat representative of the county).

We now have additional information, and it shows that the hand counts in the precincts they chose to count did not substantially differ from the official counts. The vote totals changed only a little bit, just like in the other two counties.

So what about the extrapolation, then? Again, I did that only to show that based on the information they provided, there could be a problem, and that we needed more information (or a full hand count). Upon getting additional information, it turns out that the Herald reporters didn't follow standard practice when you're sampling a population, which is to either randomly sample from different precincts or choose precincts in a way that represents the full county. Instead they chose to count those precincts where Kerry faired best and not count those precincts where Bush won by the biggest margin. As a result of this choice of precincts, the 60% sample was skewed toward Kerry (and the uncounted votes are presumably skewed toward Bush, such that the numbers for Bush potentially could "catch up" to the official results).

So in a nutshell, the totals from the hand counts do NOT wildly deviate from the official counts. At the same time, there are some lingering issues:

--Why did they choose those particular precincts in Suwannee County? Their sampling of precinct was in no way logical or scientific, and seems to focus on those precincts least likely to show problems.

--Why didn't they count all of the precincts, and given that they left out those where Bush won by the biggest margin, what happened there?

--How can they possibly generalize the counting of 0.3% of the vote in small, northern, dixiecrat counties to the whole state, and make the ridiculous claim that their hand count shows "no flaw in Bush's state win"?

All in all, although the hand counts didn't reveal big problems, the write-up itself is still complete garbage in that it is no doubt politically motivated. Yeah, lets only hand count in those counties that are known to be dixiecrat counties, and that statisticians have already said aren't a big problem. And lets cherry pick precincts so as to stay away from those where Bush won by the biggest margin. And lets include a bunch of rhetoric and snide remarks from partisan election officials. And lets generalize from 0.3% of the vote in three small, dixecrat counties to the entire state. And lets ignore the counties that statisticians have pointed out to be a problem, like Miami-Dade and Broward. And lets ignore the counties where very suspicious activity has already been uncovered, a vote tallies do not match, like Volusia County.
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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 02:35 PM
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237. Thanks for the update!
The issue right now as it stands appears to be in the selection of the "random" precincts, which the reporters still haven't addressed...
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-04 03:17 PM
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244. You missed one point...

Why were all the counties ES&S machines, when they had plenty of Diebold machines to choose from?
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floridadem30 Donating Member (525 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-04 02:30 PM
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236. kick
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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-04 02:33 AM
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241. AWESOME. Can I reprint this????
This article is what real investigative journalism is us supposed to be like.

I'm posting it on the SolarBus website right away.

Hey pointsoflight, do you want credit for this great work?
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Ozy Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-04 01:26 PM
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242. not looking for wild-deviations but an accumulation of small ones
>>So in a nutshell, the totals from the hand counts do NOT wildly >>deviate from the official counts.


This is missing the point! We're not looking for wild deviations from the official counts, these are paper-trail counties and they're not that stupid.

What we may be looking at is an accumulation of small deviations, each of which looks almost insignificant by itself:

Across the 3 counties:

Bush original: 11994
Bush handcount: 11985 (-9 votes) (-0.07%)
Kerry original: 5071
Kerry handcount: 5104 (+33 votes) (+0.65%)


So the hand-recount is showing a boost for Kerry of 0.65% over the machine-counted totals. And this in a race where the margin of victory last time was 0.01%.

And in each of the 3 counties, Kerry shows a net-gain in the margin over Bush. The chance of that happening randomly is 1 in 8 - and if we keep counting paper-trail counties, and Kerry is making these wee gains in each of them, the chance that there's no skullduggery going on halves with every county that gets hand-recounted.

We've got to check out all the other small paper-trail counties and find out what the real hand-recounted total is. And then we've got to work out what to do about the large Dem-supporting electronic counties with no paper-trail which are showing the most suspicious results (ref: the Berkeley statistics study)

But if we can demonstrate foul-play in the paper-trail counties, our case for proving foul-play in the non paper-trail counties is immeasurably strenghtened.

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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-04 03:27 PM
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245. Bush always (-), Kerry always (+) == RED FLAG
Regardless of the amount that the recounts are off, it is very significant that Bush seems to be down by a few votes every time and Kerry up every time.

If we were only seeing random chance due to spoiled ballots, computer error, or whatever, there should be a fairly even distribution of errors in both direction.

The fact that Bush seems to lose a few votes every time there's a hand count and Kerry seems to gain a few is very significant.

It is simply logic....

There should be a 50% chance that an error should go either way.

To calculate the chances of it going the same way in a series of recounts, you'd multiply the (.5) to the power of the number of recounts.

In this case there were three recounts and they all went in Kerry's favor:

(.5) x (.5) x (.5) = .125 = 12.5%

So the chances that the Miami Herald data reflects random errors is not very good. Each time they do another recount and it adds votes to Kerry, multiply by another .5.
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