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Re: University Researchers Challenge Bush Win In Florida
From: Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 19:23:55 -0600
--On Friday, November 19, 2004 2:30 PM -0800 Daniel Veditz
<dveditz () cruzio com> wrote:
I disagree. Until the research is credible and vetted, investigating is
premature. Many people don't seem to understand, investigating supposed
discrepancies in the vote costs millions of dollars. The recount in Ohio
will cost the state $1.5 million. That's money that could pay for other
things. So you don't run off on wild goose chases just because some
"researcher" says, "Oooooo, look at this. This looks really unusual."
Paul Schmehl wrote:
Even *if* they are correct (which is at least debateable) the 130,000
vote discrepancy they argue for won't overcome Bush's lead of 380,000,
so this is, at best, an academic exercise.
If they are even possibly correct a discrepancy that large must be
investigated to make sure it won't happen in a future election which might
be a lot closer.
*If* the research is credible and stands up to scrutiny, *then* you spend
whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of it and determine if there is
a problem. In this particular case, their "research" is laughable and
doesn't merit followup, much less the expenditure of millions to get to the
bottom of a nonexistent problem.
Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
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