Kerry lost? ("Op-Scan Voting Machines Bring out the Republican Vote" Edition)
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Continuing our Kerry Lost? feature:
Check out this table.
In Florida's Calhoun county, four times as many Republicans voted as might be expected from the number registered. Over three times as many Republicans voted as might be expected in Dixie county.
In fact, there are a large number of Florida counties which recorded a larger than expected number of Republican voters and a lower than expected number of Democratic voters. And, all of those counties are using the Op-Scan voting machines.
However, if you look at the counties that use E-touchscreen machines, there aren't the huge number of voting fluctuations.
I don't claim to completely understand what exactly the column headers mean, where they're getting their numbers from, and whether they're accurate or not, but look at the table. Someone needs to look into this.
UPDATE: See my analysis of the "Reagan Difference." Basically, voting for Republican presidential candidates appears to be the norm for those in the counties mentioned above. And, Bush II's support is down markedly from the support most Florida counties gave to the Republican presidential candidates during the Reagan era.