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  •  Exit polling is what I'd cut if I cut anything (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, rschndr, Pinto Pony

    First, because we're only hours away from getting "the only poll that matters."  Second, because voters generally don't know or at least can't articulate their motivations, and that's assuming they are even nominally truthful in their responses.   By falling back on explicit inference from information that is performative (actual voting) we can get some much-needed modesty about what is knowable and what isn't.  The only thing that surprises me about the decision to reduce exit polling is that the monster would make the decision to stop feeding itself.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:15:57 AM PDT

    •  Currently, exit polls are the ONLY (7+ / 0-)

      check and balance for election fraud that I can think of.

      Never have received any kind of explanation why our entrenched and unpopular Rep Don Young was down so far in the polls before the election but won with a healthy margin.

      As far as I know, there were no exit polls.   Had there been exit polls indicating a different expectation than actual election results, there might be cause to investigate.

      But, crickets.

      Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

      by Gustogirl on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:48:55 AM PDT

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      •  the votes are the check and balance (1+ / 0-)
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        Exit poll results are neither trustworthy nor actionable.

        Contrariwise, I believe that there is either a paper ballot or a VVPAT for every vote cast in Alaska, along with a (not especially good) audit provision and a candidate-initiated partial recount provision. So, if Ethan Berkowitz in 2008 thought the votes had been miscounted, I think he had the opportunity to check.

        What pre-election polls do you mean? Research 2000 is the only firm I know of that polled. That may have been the problem.

        Election protection: there's an app for that!
        Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

        by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 02:53:14 PM PDT

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