John at observes that the 9th Circuit, presuming their ruling stands, has disenfranchised more voters by postponing the recall several months than they potentially enable by ending hanging chads: We can expect 111,000 currently eligible voters to die during the delay, versus 40,000 whose votes are “saved.”

(Hat tip: Asymmetrical Information)

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  1. Mark-NC says:

    They are currently reconsidering their decision.

    It seems that the delay helps nobody and solves nothing!

  2. Eric says:

    Hmmmm…do you think those 111,000 dead folks would put “didn’t get to vote in the recall election” at the top of their “things to do before I die” list?

    Dontcha just love statistics?

  3. whatever says:

    What happens to the absentee ballots that are already in (over 100K) if this thing is delayed? They have to re-vote. But if they don’t get the message and assume they already voted, then they too have been “disenfranchised”.

    Ofcourse this is not what the ruling is really about, so hardly worth pointing it out.