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View Diary: Armando's Challenge, Or The Informed Citizen's Guide To The 2004 Election (389 comments)

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  •  Precincts average about 400 voters in size (4.00)
    Regardless of whether they are in the city or the 'burbs.

    Also, more exactly, the voting problems reported to voteprotect.org (1-877-OUR-VOTE) were correlated with black percent in each precinct, not Kerry percent per se.

    For example, Parma is a very populous area of blue collar whites and high Democratic support yet reported few problems. Also, Lakewood, bastion of trendy white liberals, reported no problems with machines or long lines. Problems in the Heights were similarly light.

    The operative effect is "voting while black."

    Problems included:

    • mass confusion at polling places
    • people leaving in droves due to long lines
    • broken machines
    • ballot alignment
    • chad buildup
    • precinct mix-ups
    • poor lighting
    • challengers

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