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Saturday, July 08, 2006

How to Be a Good Neighbor (NYT)

the algore effect

keep recounting until you win

if you can't win, claim that you did.

whereas what's important is that the election be final, not accurate.

the accuracy becomes least important of all when the election is close. it doesn't matter then. the electorate is split.

so you do a coin toss, in effect, and stand by the result.


The U.S. should urge Mexico to recount the votes in its presidential election.


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