Another computer “glitch” has been discovered that reversed the results of an election, this time in Connecticut. Republican state Rep. Craig Fishbein was actually the winner, not his Democrat challenger Jim Jinks.
This is just a local race with a small amount of votes, and it was corrected, but it carries great significance. It shows that unreliable voting software is not isolated to just one state, and we don’t know if there are others that just haven’t been caught. It shows that it can result in races being awarded to the person who didn’t really get the most votes. And the factor that hardly anyone is talking about other than statisticians: what are the odds that a “random computer glitch” would always result in votes being taken away from the Republican and given to the Democrat?
If I ever hear of one of these corrections that results in a Republican mistakenly being named the winner, I’ll be sure to make it the lead-off story since it will be a perfect example of the “Man bites dog” theory of what makes something newsworthy.