Saturday, December 3, 2016

Delayed numbers

In Pennsylvania, Hillary has already gained 22,000 votes on Donald Trump, and that's before a recount has even started.  Trump's lead is now roughly 49,000 votes.  According to, the extra votes came from provisional and absentee ballots.  The article goes on to say that the election's outcome is not expected to change:

A recount or the newly tallied votes from paper ballots aren't expected to change the outcome of the election. Douglas Hill of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania said there aren't enough uncounted ballots outstanding to flip the state.  

Final counts are still outstanding in several counties including Allegheny County, which is highly populated and home to Pittsburgh.

That sentiment makes no sense to me.  First of all, Allegheny County went for Hillary, and so you can add, like, another thousand votes for her there.  Secondly...why would you rule out the possibility of human error?  These news articles seem to make the basic assumption that human beings don't suck at counting.  In today's attention-strapped society, do we really have the ability to count six million votes and not mess things up a little?  That's what I'm curious about.  

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