Saturday, May 14, 2005

Does Voting Technology Affect Election Outcomes? Touch-screen Voting and the 2004 Presidential Election. Interesting article. The answer to the question is: "Yes, but not for the reasons you think, and the effect is small." Two economists did a serious study of this question. They basically offered these conclusions:
  1. The adoption of touch-screen technology did seem to produce a higher percentage of votes for President Bush, but ...
  2. "the impact of non-random adoption patterns on vote shares is small, " and ...
  3. The results had nothing to do with fraud. "We find no evidence that touch-screen voting had a larger effect in swing states, or in states with a Republican Secretary of State."
  4. Then how did it help Bush? "The adoption of touch-screen voting has a negative effect on estimated turnout rates." It happens that the effect is greatest in areas with highly concentrated amounts of Hispanic and Black voters. The net impact: a sight tendency to keep likely pro-Democratic voters away from the voting booths.
Was this anticipated by Republicans? Probably not. Could it have had an impact on the overall statewide total in close races, like Ohio? Yes, certainly some impact, but there is no certainty that the vote count suppression effect was great enough to affect any state's electoral votes.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief. The old machines were too confusing, and now the new ones are too intimidating? Maybe we can just have an election official go to everybody's house with a picture of every candidate and have the voter point to the one they like. ;)

 

Y'know sometimes you can get away with a crime because the police will close the case after a certain time, but I think this is probably not such an example. Man steals doughnut truck.


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Nice little video clip of Teri Hatcher in The Cool Surface (1994)


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Spicy romance? Geri Halliwell's love of sex toys


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Nickerblog: Shane Nickerson responds to the rumors that he's Cameron Diaz's new lover. Basically, his answer is "I wish!"


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DAVE CHAPPELLE tells TIME he's not in a mental hospital or drug rehab, debunking earlier reports in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and elsewhere. "She-it, if I was takin' drugs and actin' nuts, why would I want to stop, bitch?"


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He's just staying with friends, a family, in durban, south africa. His flack, matt lebov, possibly one of the worst publicists in entertainment, hasn't talked to him in months, and he's doesn't like the direction of the show. TIME's interview with him is incredible...and the pics are amazing...

 

Paris Hilton burger ad "couldn't be more pornographic".


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Here's a video of Sophie Marceau falling out of her dress at Cannes. By the strangest and most improbable coincidence, the grey-haired guy standing next to her was the only man on earth who had not already seen Sophie naked.


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Griffey hits major slump. He can't explain how he has gone so many consecutive games without an injury. "I've tried everything, even leaping from the upper deck," said the fragile former star, "but I can't even manage to break some small bones. It looks like I may have to play well another month or so before I let the team down, and that means I'm missing a lot of tee times."


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The Time Travel Fund - your ticket to the future


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The Straight Dope: Were there Nike missile sites on the Chicago lakefront?


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Another faux-reality show - will people volunteer to deflower a virgin on national TV? Will they discuss it with the girl's parents? FirstTime


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What will people do to be on a reality TV show? Would they agree to pull the switch and electrocute a killer? See the auditions for Come Fry With Me


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Jacko's Bed of Unconditional Love was propped up against Phil Spector's Wall of Sound and resting upon Uncle Scoopy's Floor of Eternal Hangovers.


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A new TV spot for WAR OF THE WORLDS


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Some of the articles you may have missed at Arianna Huffington's blog: Charles Manson's article at the The Huffingandpuffington Post


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Gumby: Making a Comeback at 50. Based on historical parallels, he should be starting his farewell tour in three years, and ending it in 2043.


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A new trailer for Bewitched


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Pics of Salma and Cruz in Bandidas


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New pics from War of the Worlds (Spielberg, Cruise)


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I'm sorry, but I don't get this web site at all. Is it a bad joke? A legit porn site for white supremicists? Either way, it is some seriously demented stuff.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its messed up, but that is one funny trailer. At least they have a sense of humor.

 


Anonymous Wizard said...

you want to know the sad part, i dont think these morons are joking.

 

The Original Whizzinator! has a penis color to suit you. For reasons not completely clear to me, "The Latino" is their best selling model.


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Uncle Scoopy's Guest House presents Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss


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Despite abysmal reviews, J-Lo and J-Fo take the #1 spot at the Friday box office. Will Ferrell was a tepid second. (Jet Li was actually second in average revenues per screen, but was on fewer screens.)


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Wendy's chili update: "The finger that a woman said she found in a bowl of Wendy's chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the digit in an industrial accident, police said Friday."


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Cannes Tackles American Box-Office Issues .
  • The tough reality of European cinema is that about 70 percent of ticket sales are for American movies. Politicians at the Cannes Film Festival are now focusing on one small-scale idea of to remedy the situation: promoting the Internet distribution of homegrown films.
  • Hey, call me crazy, but here's my suggestion: start making films people want to see. Just a thought.



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Letterman's "Top Ten Things You Don't Want To Hear From Your Prom Date"


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the five worst Sylvester Stallone movies. What, Cobra didn't make the list? That shows you how tough the competition is. I have to admit that I kind of like Rhinestone, although possibly not for the same reasons the filmmakers were intending.


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The Ten Ugliest Animals in the World. I guess one can always quibble with these rankings, but it seems to me Rosie O'Donnell should have finished above the almiqui, possibly even above the warthog.


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Free Online Graph Paper


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Google Maps Sightseeing


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Google Satellite Photo of the Mysterious Area 51


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Cartman's favorite web page: Anti-Hippie Action League: Gallery of Hippie Horrors


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Religious Inflatables


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The trailer for March of the Penguins, a nature documentary


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Five new clips from Jet Li's Unleashed


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The trailer from November, a new Psychological thriller starring Courteney Cox


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Box Office Mon-Thursday. I don't usually talk about this, but this week was interesting. On Friday and Saturday, Crash was running fourth. By Thursday, it had ascended to second place, leaving Hitchhiker's Guide and House of Wax in the dust. On Thursday, its average per screen was more than Wax and Hitchhiker added together! We have not seen anything like that happen in a long time.


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Sword Swallowing X-rays


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What Age Do You Act?


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Some new textbooks for Texas.


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Paris Hilton in Skimpy Suit Touts Spicy Burger in TV Ad .


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Madonna was offered a role on the Cannes Film Festival jury, but turned it down because she didn't want to miss her Kabbalah meetings in London.
  • Festival head Thierry Fremaux said: "We talked about her being on the jury, but her religion meant this could not happen. It is a regret because she has valuable knowledge."
  • I'm pretty sure they could find other people with that same knowledge. Is Linda Lovelace still alive?


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Paris wants menus read to her. "Last time I met her we were in a restaurant together - she slammed the menu down and screamed: 'I hate reading! Someone tell me what's on the menu!'"


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Paris Hilton: champion of the common man. I suppose she is planning to give up all the worldly luxury and the vain material trappings to become the John Steinbeck of the new millennium. She really feels that the whole writing career will fall right into place for her - just as soon as she masters that pesky reading thing.


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The Daily Show: A Florida provision allows anyone who feels threatened in public to immediately open fire.


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