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  •  Where do you get 18,000 SC Only Ballots? (3+ / 0-)
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    Magster, drmah, Amber6541

    I see nothing in the Waukesha link to indicate that is the case?

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    by Gangster Octopus on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 03:14:57 PM PDT

    •  here (5+ / 0-)
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      Magster, jethrock, nargel, Matt Z, Amber6541

      There were about 125,000 ballots cast for Supreme Court.
      There were about 107,000 ballots cast for the next countywide down-ticket race.
      125,000-107,000 = 18,000 more votes for Supreme Court than for the next countywide down-ticket race. (or Supreme Court Only votes)

      all other down-ticket races have even less votes, some about half of the number of Supreme Court votes

      This is the best approximation currently available without looking at the actual ballots.

      •  Then that is a poor approximation (0+ / 0-)

        I appreciate the effort, but that means your calculation is a very crude approximation that could be way off and is hardly indicative of anything.  Clearly there could be ballots with SC votes and then the third most voted race and the fourth etc.

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        by Gangster Octopus on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 03:23:54 PM PDT

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        •  it is crude (2+ / 0-)
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          3goldens, jethrock

          partially because the information is so difficult to find. Did you see all the links I had to post to document these numbers? It is sad that these things aren't posted in a single place so that they can be compared, at least that I have found.

          However, the point is that there are differences between the counties (and even within counties). Feel free to critique the numbers. I posted them for as much of that as anything else because, quite frankly, I just thought they should be looked at. It could mean something fishy is going on, it could also be a naturally occurring phenomenon.

          The fact that Waukesha and Milwaukee both have some strange patterns when compared to the others is the main concern. Hopefully a full recount will alleviate any concerns over this matter.

        •  The point is (0+ / 0-)

          compariing the down-ballot falloff in W to Milwaukee.  It is Milwaukee that is the outlier--you expect down-ballot falloff.  So that comparison is apples to apples.

        •  Did you even look at the link (1+ / 0-)
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          in the diary that shows these numbers?  They are there, if you look at it....

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          by marigold on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 08:44:14 PM PDT

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