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View Diary: 20,000 more votes than ballots (Waukesha, 2006) [updated-Tue] (272 comments)

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  •  depends on what you mean by a "ballot" :) (1+ / 0-)
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    DollyMadison

    When vote counts come from multiple sources, the EMS may contain "ballots cast" figures for some sources and not others.

    I am not an EMS, but I've been in that situation myself. If you ask New York counties to send election data, some will give you the number of "whole votes" in each ED, and some won't. Some report "blank, void, and scattering" votes; some report the three categories separately; some report "blank votes" and let you guess what they mean; some don't report any of it.

    In Wisconsin, municipalities largely control their own elections, so I wouldn't be shocked to see a vaguely nightmarish hodgepodge of reporting. Welcome to my life.

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