November 20, 2008

A Fantastic Exercise in Determining the Intent of the Voter in Minnesota Race

See here. What a fantastic teaching tool. And, be sure to compare your results to the other voters. (Because this is through Minnesota Public Radio, however, I would suspect there would be more Democrats "voting" on how to treat each ballot than the overall Minnesota population.)

Do try this at home.

UPDATE: A reader makes the following important point: "The graphics are nice but the exercise is over-simplified. In Illinois recounts, when one encounters an equivocal mark, the first thing one does is to look at the marks on the rest of the ballot to determine whether this voter uses the same equivocal mark to mark many or all of his choices. If he is consistent, his intent in the questioned race can be deduced both by the mark itself and also from the context. If the intent still is not clear from both the mark and the context, the mark doesn't count. Sec. 13 of the Minnesota Recount Guide 2008... suggests that the same methodology applies there."

Posted by Rick Hasen at November 20, 2008 09:15 AM