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Democracy Counts The Media

By Dan Keating and Conny Mccormack


Abstract. The contents of ballots that were not counted as a vote for president in Florida’s contested 2000 election were catalogued by the National Opinion Research Center under the direction of a consortium of wire service, television and newspaper journalists. Results indicate likely outcomes if the ballots had been recounted under various standards and scenarios. Results also indicate patterns important for election reform and conduct of elections concerning racial differences in voter error, failure rates of different technologies and ballot designs, subjectivity of recounts and validity of mismarked ballots as votes. Paper prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Scienc

Year: 2011
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