Re: statistical study after next Tues election

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Nov 01 2004 - 13:15:44 CST

At 1:27 PM -0500 11/1/04, Kathy Dopp wrote:
>Douglas W. Jones said:
>> On Oct 31, 2004, at 12:23 PM, Kathy Dopp wrote:
>>> Douglas W. Jones said:
>> DRE machines and lever voting machines do not permit overvotes to be
>> recorded, so you get overvote counts of zero. The statistics I've seen
>> show that DRE machines seem to be recording undervote rates of between 1
>> and 2 percent,
>Aren't those two statements contradictory? How can DREs have zero
>over-votes (that is what I thought) and also be recording overvote rates
>of 1 to 2 %?

Kathy, that's UNDERvote rates of 1 to 2%, not OVERvote rates. The
OVERvote rates are 0% for DREs.

> > This implies that around 1 percent of the voters who encounter DRE
>> machines
>> seem to have trouble expressing a preference that they would be able to
>> express on mark-sense ballots, a source of major concern.
>I still don't get what you're saying.

Since the UNDERvote rates of DREs are higher than for mark-sense
ballots, the difference between the two UNDERvote rates are due to
voter problems with DREs.

Best regards,

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