Getting your side to the polls redux

Even though it’s been a few weeks, and the results were outside the margin of Acorn, there’s this one other point worth making, having to do with statistical improbabilities.

h/t Mark Steyn.  “By comparison with Canada, Australia, and most other free societies, the integrity of the American ballot is a joke, and ought to be a source of shame.”

Why aren’t we ashamed enough to fix it?  Tammany Hall machine politics.  Got to be able to “deliver” the votes.

Now comes the news that, following his impressive 100 per cent share of the vote in 59 Philadelphia precincts, Barack Obama was able to eke out a 100 per cent total victory in a mere 37 precincts in his home town of Tikrit – whoops, I mean Chicago. NBC reports:

In 37 Chicago Precincts, Romney Received No Votes

Heavy concentration of Big Bird fans perhaps. One commenter observes:

Statistically, even if among 10′s of thousands of voters all wanted to vote for Obama, it would not be possible to receive 100% of the vote because at least a few would make a mistake and vote incorrectly for Romney.

Just to be clear: I think Obama won the election, and his victory represents the will of the American people. Which is why the Democrats should have heeded Mubarak’s words and not over-stolen it. I was not one of those who objected to the presence of international observers at this month’s election, as if the United States were just another banana republic: By comparison with Canada, Australia, and most other free societies, the integrity of the American ballot is a joke, and ought to be a source of shame.

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One Response to Getting your side to the polls redux

  1. Paul Marks says:

    Nations that act as if they were part of the Third World become part of the Third World.

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