Condoning stupidity

I’ve been doing some thinking about this and, as much as I want Al Gore to win the election, I just can’t stand by the suit to disqualify the ballots in south Florida because they were “confusing”. In the end, I just can’t condone stupidity. If the people who filled out the ballots were too dumb to realize that 2 holes would invalidate a ballot or they lacked the good sense to doublecheck their own ballots then should not be allowed to vote!

Manual recounts are a very reasonable reaction to an election this close however.

BUT, my coworkers and I have come to the conclusion that it is pretty silly to be splitting hairs over a couple hundred votes. We think that if the election is closer than (say) one one-hundredth of one percent (a 900 vote difference in a population of over 9 million), it should be declared a statistical draw and the votes either split down the middle or discarded.

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