Thursday, December 23, 2004

Was the election stolen?
I've read so many posts in the last two months about how the election was stolen that I can barely remember the details of any of them. Everythingsruined has a nice post up today with a petition asking for a recount, which seems like a reasonable idea.

I have an idea. Why doesn't one of the heavies (Gallup, American Research Group, etc.) do a simple little poll with two questions: did you vote, and who did you vote for? Ask 10 or 20,000 people to eliminate any questions about sampling error and that sort of thing. If it comes out 51-48 Kerry, then we may in fact have a bit of a problem on our hands here. If it comes out roughly 51-48 Bush, then probably the concerns are overblown. I have no idea if this election was stolen. Most allegations (like the one where Democratic counties in the Florida panhandle voted heavily for Bush) seem to have a legitimate explanation, as far as I can tell. So let's get some real data in on this one. Or has it already been done?

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