November 16, 2003
One mystery solved
Following up on this post, Laurel Elms and Samantha Luks have an explanation for the 0 turnout results in Alameda and Plumas counties (Kern's figures are not available on their website). It is not a conspiracy but rather incompetence in geting information from the county to the Secretary of State. [Note: the "incompetence" characterization is mine, not theirs.] They report that if you download the precincts file from this link on the Alameda County site, there are figures showing undervotes and overvotes showing a 0.8% residual vote rate (most undervotes, but a few overvotes). Similarly, from this link, Elms and Luks calculated a 1.1% residual vote rate in Plumas.
We'll have to wait to hear from the Kern officials when they open for business tomorrow.
Of course, though this solves one mystery, it leaves open the questions of other disparities, such as the nearly double residual vote rate for Los Angeles County compared to the statewide average (which of course would be much lower if we took Los Angeles out of that average).
UPDATE: David Kimball writes: "Based on another link at the state board of elections, there were 164,920 total ballots cast in Kern County, which produces a residual vote rate of 2.8% for the first part of the recall."