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Monday, November 10, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Recounts rarely change much

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

With a handful of Iowa legislative races within double digits or even
single digits, and three U.S. Senate races yet to be decided, the word
"recount" is buzzing in the air. While a recount may give a losing
candidate emotional satisfaction and a sense of closure, the vote
shifts tend to be very, very small. I don't mention my day job here
much, but I've worked in the Johnson County Auditor's Office for the
past 11 years (which explains why you didn't see as many of my stories
the last couple weeks before the election). In that time, I've had
hands-on experience with three recounts. In 1999, we re-fed all the
ballots from an Iowa City council race, nearly 8,000, and only one
vote shifted, narrowing a three vote lead down to two. In a
three-county recount in a 2002 state senate race, about three votes
moved.

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