Over at Greg's place yesterday, I used the hook of Virginia's wild count in the AG election as an excuse to call for more attention to election administration.
Reid Wilson liked it:
Good point from @jbplainblog: States really aren't that good at administering electionsAnd then a backlash started.
usually don't see errors from election night reporting >> cavass. Virginia very transparentHHH Election Program:
unfair to VA election officials to use that transparency against them
With all due respect, it's a silly argument; states are just using the canvass to make sure count is rightBrad Friedman:
Totally unfair. VA, so far, doing an EXCELLENT job of public canvass. (Voting machines a diff issue.)I'll take the blame here. I didn't really intend to imply that the small changes in the canvass are evidence of Virginia doing anything wrong, but I'm responsible for it coming out that way.
More to the point: I'm responsible for using the messiness that's inevitable whenever anyone looks closely at an election as a hook for arguing for better election administration in general. It's a fair point that any election, no matter how well run, is going to look messy when it's basically tied after 2.2M votes.
That said: my intention wasn't to bash the people doing the work in Virginia, but an overall system of election administration that is neglected, underfunded, and overly partisan. Which it is.
And so I think the intended argument of the post was just fine. But, you know, see above.