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Thursday November 04, 2004

Exit Poll Data on Confidence in Vote Counting

Filed under: — Felten @ 7:12 am PST

Exit pollsters asked Americans leaving the polls whether they were confident that the votes would be counted accurately. Here are the results, omitting those who expressed no answer. Note that voters answered these questions as they left the polls, before they knew anything about the election result.

Category % Confident in Accuracy
All voters 91%
Bush voters 95%
Kerry voters 87%

Very few Nader voters were confident in vote-counting accuracy, but an accurate percentage is not available due to roundoff error in the available data.

(Based on raw data from CNN.)

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  1. The AP is reporting that a voting machine in one Ohio precinct gave Bush 3,893 extra votes.
    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041105/ts_alt_afp/us_vote_error_041105161308

    This is very troubling. Combine that with the case of a N.C. voting machine that didn’t tally around 4500 votes and downright alarming.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041104/ap_on_el_pr/voting_problems_1

    Both of these cases demonstrate why more safeguards need to be put in place and a paper trail created.

    Comment by dan — Friday November 05, 2004 @ 11:48 am PST

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