Math Mistake in the Latest Trump Campaign PA Filing

There’s a simple mathematical confusion in this filing. The filing says:

“Instantly, if discovery is granted, prior to the hearing, Plaintiffs will examine these envelopes to determine the percentage of mail ballots that were illegally counted –of which Democratic Candidate Joseph Biden won approximately 75% and President Trump 25%, a 50% margin for Biden.”

That is not a 50% margin for Biden.  It is a 50 percentage point margin.  In fact, Biden received three times more of the absentee vote than did Trump. The difference between percentages and percentage points is often very large, as this example illustrates.

This is not the worst mistake in the world. It is not uncommon to confuse percentage points and percentages. Still, this is a legal filing in federal court.

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