Farhad Manjoo: no compelling evidence of an election steal

From: Brendan LeFebvre <brendanl_at_iname_dot_com>
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 09:15:31 CST

Farhad Manjoo has a piece in today's issue of Salon, "Was the election
stolen?", asserting that no voting troubles reported so far suggest
errors large enough to change the election results. In particular:

Salon has examined some of the most popular Kerry-actually-won theories 
currently making the rounds online, and none of them hold up under 
rigorous scrutiny. For instance, there's an easy explanation for the odd 
results in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where Olbermann insists there were 
93,000 more votes than voters. According to Kimberly Bartlett, a 
spokeswoman for the county, the reporting software the county uses to 
display the unofficial summary of election results on its Web site is 
simply buggy. For some reason, the software combines absentee ballots 
from several voting precincts into one precinct, and therefore makes it 
appear as if there were more votes cast in a particular area than there 
were registered voters there. But this bug does /not/ affect the final 
election results, because the more detailed "canvass" 
<http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/BOE/results/history/2004/EL52.TXT> of all 
the votes cast in the county shows the correct count, Bartlett told 
Salon. For example, this canvass indicates that in Fairview Park, where 
Olbermann says there were 18,472 ballots cast by 13,342 registered 
voters, there were actually only 8,421 votes cast in the presidential 
race -- fewer than the number of registered voters.
Other theories pointing to a Kerry win are similarly brittle.
For what it's worth...
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