Clueless in a tied election

From: Arnold Urken <aurken_at_stevens_dot_edu>
Date: Wed Mar 17 2004 - 08:40:07 CST

 You may not have seen this local story, but it is an interesting
example of the disarray that can occur in counting ballots. Our idea of
an election database could contribute to better management of such
situations. For example, rules for processing absentee ballots could be
specific enough to avoid having to make decisions about them after the
outcome, when the counting of each ballot becomes an endless battle.
Also, notice that there is no apparent accounting for spoiled and other
ballots. The Court took the easy way out because there was no other
alternative. Judges often order a new election in such cases, but
perhaps the economy is a constraint, particularly when judges are
elected.

 

Arnie

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