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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Blank ballot voters

I've spent the last few days looking over the election numbers. I'm not a stats person, or even a math person, but I do like the numbers. Maybe it's because I think there's some unseen clue in the numbers. There's definitely a story in those numbers.

One number that's bugging me is the number of blank ballots that were turned in. In my county, out of 97,175 ballots, 281 were blank. In the 2000 general election, 468 were blank out of 93,492. How does this happen?

Is it deliberate or inadvertent? Does the blank ballot voter take the ballot from the judge, tear off the stub, and drop it in the box without even going in the booth? Or, does he go into the booth, insert the ballot in the voting book and remove it without voting? Is it some kind of protest vote? What drives the blank ballot voter? Is it apathy or something more sinister? Do the blank ballot voters all know each other and get together for monthly meetings?

Posted by Marie at November 4, 2004 10:39 PM