Everybody remembers what happened in Florida in 2000 (the whole voting debacle, the recounts, the clear indication that a confusing ballot in Miami caused a lot of old jews to vote for Pat Buchanan, etc).
Most people never saw any of the ballots, save for a few that made it into some memorable AP photos of the recount, so I think people didn't appreciate just how difficult the recount was for the folks doing the (re)counting. The (re)counters were ridiculed, in fact, for taking so long to do what appeared to be a pretty simple job: looking at marks on a card.
Flash-forward to Thursday, where they're in the middle of recounting the ballots in the Minnesota Senate race. Right now Republican Norm Coleman has a very slim (less than 200 votes) lead over Democrat Al Franken. Minnesota Public Radio has a great feature on what the recount people are dealing with. I found this very enlightening and very frustrating at the same time.
Apparently, the act of filling in a little circle next to a person's name is just too much to expect from some people.
2 years ago