Re: [CNN] Bush 2,909,465; Gore 2,907,722.

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From: Mb (
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 02:52:00 PPET

1999 data indicates that Palm Beach is comparable in population to
Broward County. Miami-Dade has twice the population. Could be that Miami
proper is set out from the rest of Dade County for election stats.
Whatever... the spike is too high (if true) to be normal... even if Palm
Beach County is a nest of retired PTO club honorees.

I don't think the odd ballot was constructed with evil purpose in mind.
I read somewhere today (yesterday?) a quote from a Palm Beach Co.
election official that the unique layout was chosen because candidate
names could be printed in a larger point font. S/he felt it would
helpful to older voters. I'll buy that.


Gordon Mohr wrote:

> Since this graph is not adjusted for population of the counties,
> or the relative political sympathies of county residents, it's
> almost meaningless.
> Where's Edward Tufte when you need him?
> I'm sure he'd have something to say about both the ballot and
> this graph.
> - Gordon


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