Dr. C. Scott Ananian (cananian) wrote,
Dr. C. Scott Ananian

Surprised by the Iowa primaries?

Incidentally, all but two counties in the Iowa caucuses used direct-recording electronic vote machines. This means, that if the results in Iowa were surprising to you, there are no ballots in existence to double-check, and you're not allowed to examine the machines directly. This puts an enormous amount of power in the hands of the voting machine manufacturers, since a swing of less than 10 percent in the caucus results has been sufficient to transform Dean into "former front-runner". The daily poll results in New Hampshire have been most enlightening, as Dean's lead there has vanished overnight as Kerry's upset became the front-page news story nationwide. [It shouldn't be surprising that the press has a strong influence on voters, but as Americans we still pretend that we make voting choices based on fundamentals, not merely the fact that some guy did well in some other state.]
Tags: dre, elections

  • SpaceX preliminary verdict: nozzle hit & tank slosh

    For any of you who've been following the flight tests of SpaceX's Falcon rocket, you may be interested to hear that: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has…

  • Rust is not fast

    There are plenty of safe high-level languages in the world; JavaScript, for example. Rust is different: it's supposed to be safe and fast. But…

  • JavaScript in asm.js (and a little rust)

    Over on twitter, Tim Caswell mentioned, "I think high-level scripting language on top of something like rust.zero would make for an amazing OS."…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded