An apology concerning a falsehood I have been promotingby tarran
For years now, I have been under the impression that in an election, undervotes (ballots where there aren’t votes for all the races) aren’t counted. I read this years ago in a source that I considered reliable at the times. Truth be told, I can’t even remember where I read it, only that I considered the source reliable at the time.
I have asserted this impression as truth on numerous occasions over the past few years. Recently I sat down to analyze the recent election and discovered that I was wrong. To my horror, I discovered that undervotes are routinely counted in nearly every precinct in the U.S. In fact, I can’t find a single precinct where they are not counted! Nor can I find any article online (other than one containing my comments) that makes that assertion. Somehow, I got it wrong. Very wrong.
I want to apologize to our readers for making this false claim. In my defense, I sincerely believed it to be true when I made it. Nevertheless, you all deserve better than this, and I will endevour never to make such a mistake again.
Thank you for your patience.