There's a statistical solution


Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 11:36 p.m.
It is a shame that the District 13 election for U.S. Congress is still haunting our state. There is an easy way to implement a statistical solution to the dilemma.
All it takes is to do a survey of 500 Sarasota County actual voters (taken from the voting sign-in log), asking them if they voted in the District 13 congressional election. If the number of voters who say they did not vote falls below 45 (9 percent), this is overwhelming evidence than the true non-vote was below the purported claim of 12.9 percent. If the actual non-vote percentage was of the order of 5 percent, there is better than a 99 percent chance that this conclusion would result. This would provide beyond a reasonable doubt level of evidence that the congressional vote in Sarasota County was flawed.

Jonathan J. Shuster,

Gainesville

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