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Federal Government Places Restraining Order on Exit Pollers


ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and the Associated Press are suing Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson for enacting a law to expand the amount of space news orgs have to remain from polling stations. Previously, the law was the crews had to stand 100 feet away from the booths (inside the buildings), but with the new statutes, that 100-foot circle would start outside the buildings, pushing the networks farther away:

"As a polling reporter moves farther and farther away from the polling place, the likelihood of a voter getting into his or her car and driving away, or of melding into a crowd of non-voters, increases.

"Second, as distance increases, it becomes harder to discern those who are voters from those who are not.

"Third, as distance increases, the statistical reliability of the sample itself decreases because it becomes impossible to interview in the scientifically selected pattern (e.g. every fourth voter, every fifth voter, etc.)."

You can see how this be a problem: After polling, most Republicans veer off to the right of a building to go to McDonalds, while most Democrats tend to get in their car and crumple into a tiny ball to cry. It would be really hard to get a random sampling of the pollsters.

Sep 30, 2008 · posted by drew · Link · 1 Response
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No. 1 Soul Brother Kab says:

ALRIGHT! What we need is more exit polling, because you know…it's so crazy accurate and is never wrong. It's in no way a threat to democracy. Oh, wait…

Posted: Sep 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm
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