Something's rotten in the state of Denmark

Monday, December 13, 2004

Hout doubted

Here's another WIred News piece on the attempted Debunking on the Hout study by McCullough et al. Problem: when someone claims that one argument against the Hout study is that "only two fo the 15 counties using touch-screen machines in Florida exhibited anomalous results" -- well, then what exactly happened in Broward and Palm Beach?

The explanation in the Wired piece: "There was something unusual that went on in two counties, but there are many other things that could give rise to this anomaly," [MIT Poli Sci professor Charles] Stewart said. "Most of them are things that we're pretty sure affected this presidential election -- such as get-out-the-vote efforts by Republicans and special efforts at mobilizing Jewish voters over the issue of Israel and terrorism."

Does that explain it enough to you, as to why the GOTV efforts would work any better in Broward and Palm Beach than in other Florida counties? It sure doesn't to me!