Statistical Science

Misvotes, undervotes and overvotes: The 2000 presidential election in Florida

Alan Agresti and Brett Presnell

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Abstract

The 2000 presidential election was the most controversial U.S. election in recent history, mainly due to the disputed outcome of the election in Florida. Elsewhere in this issue, Richard Smith analyzes the high vote for Pat Buchanan in Palm Beach county. As background for his article, we summarize this and other voting-related issues that may have affected the outcome of the election in Florida, such as the undervote in counties that used a punch-card ballot and the overvote in counties that used multicolumn and multipage ballots.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci. Volume 17, Issue 4 (2002), 436-440.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 10 April 2003

Permanent link to this document
http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1049993202

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1049993202

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1977138

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
02063331

Citation

Agresti, Alan; Presnell, Brett. Misvotes, undervotes and overvotes: The 2000 presidential election in Florida. Statistical Science 17 (2002), no. 4, 436--440. doi:10.1214/ss/1049993202. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1049993202.


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