The study has confirmed yet again (how many times? I've lost count!!) that the right man was sworn in. As if there was any doubt left.
If one wants to "count all the votes," as liberals have chanted since last November, the result remains unchanged:
The consortium asked all 67 counties what standard they would have used and what ballots they would have manually recounted. Combining that information with the detailed ballot examination found that Mr. Bush would have won the election, by 493 votes if two of the three coders agreed on what was on the ballot; by 389 counting only those ballots on which all three agreed.
There are some scenarios under which Gore might have been declared the victor, but that just goes to show you how close the results were. One could have picked a president by picking a different standard for what did and did not constitute a "vote" - something we still don't agree on today.
The one thing that is certain - everyone who cared about the election results will spin the media consortium's conclusions to suit their own needs. Yes, me too. If you're not taking me with a grain of salt already, you haven't read the label.Posted by wasylik at November 12, 2001 01:28 AM | TrackBack