florida election recount

in today’s davenet their’s a link to an article that highlights a point that is so obvious that it becomes easy to miss – we can’t count votes precisely. we can’t now and we probably won’t anytime in the future:

“Because ballots can be bought, stolen, miscounted, lost, thrown out or sent to Denmark, nobody knows
with any precision how many votes go uncounted in American elections. For weeks, Florida has riveted the nation with a mind-numbing array of failures: misleading ballots, contradictory counting standards,
discarded votes–19,000 in one county alone. But an examination by The Times in a dozen states from Washington to Texas to New York shows that Florida is not the exception. It is the rule.”

coincidently the edge has a discourse on democracy that makes the same point – visually.

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