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    murphy, rincewind, ipsos

    I think one consequence of processes like these getting so much media attention is that the audience loses some of its sense of proportion.

    Something like three million Minnesotans voted on November 4. The number of us who wrote dumb stuff on our ballots like "Lizard People," "Frankenstein," or "Thank you for counting my vote" is obviously a miniscule proportion. More to the point, perhaps, the more common kinds of errors (bubbles not entirely filled in, X-es or check marks used, etc.) are still very, very rare as a proportion of 3,000,000 votes.

    By any reasonable terms, both Minnesotans and our voting equipment did passably well on Nov. 4. (The absentee-ballot system... not so much. Errors there were an ugly-large proportion.)

    In this process I've gained newfound sympathy for Florida. Which I think is fortunate given that, a few years ago, I got married to someone who grew up in Broward County.

    •  You're right, of course (2+ / 0-)
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      But why should ANYONE think that sort of thing is acceptable ?

      Also, while I'm at it, I want to mention again the gangs of idiots who stood in line grinning to elect the Guhvenator here in CA a very few years ago.

      Oh they are soooo very clever, aren't they ? He just veto'd the budget. We're out of money the end of March unless somebody figures out something FAST, thanks to his bright idea of slashing the vehicle registration fees, among other things.

      Speaking of people getting political positions because of their name/fame....

      Let's get some Democracy for America

      by murphy on Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 09:13:25 AM PST

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      •  Minnisota election system works well (1+ / 0-)
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        Above all this whole episode has shown that the Minnisota election system works well.

        The original tally was accurate. The vote totals have remained very very close to what they were election night.
        The gap between Coleman and Franken has never been more than a few hundred (out of millions cast). The massive shifts in the vote tallies that would suggest incompetence, dishonesty, or a flawed system have not occured.
        On the contrary, the tiny, miniscule shifts that have occured are from the competent, democratic act of counting deciphering votes that were cast for a candidate, but tallied wrong by a machine. (There have been surprizingly few.)

        The Minnisota election and recount provide the starkest example for why paper ballots (counted on optical scanners) should be used nationwide:

        1. They count accurately
        1. They provide the means examine each voter’s intent [This is crucial in very close elections-like this one.]

        Thank you Minnesota. (verifiedvoting dot org)

    •  Your system works well, but (0+ / 0-)

      this election will be decided by literally a handful of votes and some of those Franken votes were disqualified b/c of things like "Lizard People" or people's inability to read directions and mark their ballots carefully and cleanly.  Granted, some people need help, and others are unclear on the rules, such as those involving identifying marks, but come on. Some of the voter errors were just plain stupid and childish on the part of those voters.

      The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - FDR. Obama Nation. -6.13 -6.15

      by ecostar on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 09:16:19 AM PST

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