Tuesday, November 02, 2004

270 NOT 277

The Irish Times editorial today attempts to explain the Electoral College, but misstates the number of electoral votes needed to win. 270 votes will win it for either George Bush or John Kerry, not 277 as stated in the editorial.

The Times's editorial also claims that "[n]ewly registered voters are predominantly young, black and poor". I doubt a majority of the newly registered voters are black or poor. Young? Maybe. Disproportionately black and/or poor is possible, but not predominantly.