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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:

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.

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."

*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)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member
http://www.utdallas.edu

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