Sunday, December 19, 2004

Waiting for the fat lady to sing - Ohio still in dispute

Ohio Justice Throws Out Election Challenge:
"Without listing specific evidence, the complaint alleges that 130,656 votes for Kerry and John Edwards in 36 counties were somehow switched to count for the Bush-Cheney ticket. The allegations are based on an analysis comparing the presidential race to Moyer's Supreme Court race against a Cleveland municipal judge."

The suit was rejected on a technicality unrelated to its merits and will be reinstated shortly, so don't break out the champagne just yet.

This suit appears to be based largely on the idea that the exit polling is inherently more accurate than the counting of the votes. Since the exit polling is non-random - that is, there is no reason to believe that people who refuse to answer would answer the same way as those who agree to participate - it ought to be laughed out of court for its utter lack of merit. Of course, it won't be.


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