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  •  one thing I always wondered aout the "bradley eff (1+ / 0-)
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    walkshills

    ect - was how much of that is really the

    "spoilage effect"

    You voted for a candidate but did not realize that your vote didnt count.

    if this happens disproportionately to dems, and blacks, it could account for some of this.

    according to Greg Palast

    The election in Ohio was not decided by the voters but by something called "spoilage." Typically in the United States, about 3 percent of the vote is voided, just thrown away, not recorded. When the bobble-head boobs on the tube tell you Ohio or any state was won by 51 percent to 49 percent, don't you believe it ... it has never happened in the United States, because the total never reaches a neat 100 percent. The television totals simply subtract out the spoiled vote.

    And not all vote spoil equally. Most of those votes, say every official report, come from African American and minority precincts.

    We saw this in Florida in 2000.... Expert statisticians investigating spoilage for the government calculated that 54 percent of the ballots thrown in the dumpster were cast by black folks.

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