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  •  Part of it is that Lehman won and Walker won, but (6+ / 0-)

    I got the idea from listening to Thom Hartman that they want to know what the actual count was, they want to verify the vote. I think I heard the Wisconsin Wave guy say that the votes for Walker were wrong by the same percentages in several districts. Does that even make sense? I was bike-riding as I listened and I know nothing about polls, exit polls or voter machines, except what I read online and that isn't that much.

    •  "Does that even make sense?" (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, it could. Extreme case: if they hand-counted votes for governor from ten machines, and all the counts showed a ten-point shift from Walker to Barrett, then we don't need to invoke statistics to say that that stinks to high heaven.

      That would be comparing hand counts to machine counts of the same votes. Comparing Lehman/Wanggaard vote shares to Barrett/Walker vote shares probably wouldn't be very impressive.

      Having been through this sort of thing many times over the last seven years, with a long succession of smoking guns that turned out to be butter sculptures, I default to curmudgeonly skepticism. But none of us can assess evidence that we haven't seen.

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