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Study: Some Missing Votes in Recall

Two independent studies of California´s recall election have found “missing votes” in counties throughout the state, casting doubt on antiquated punch card systems.

Researchers at Harvard University and UC Berkeley say nearly 9 percent of people who cast ballots on punch card voting machines in Los Angeles County did not vote on whether to recall Governor Davis.

Researchers say some voters in LA County either abstained from the recall question or disqualified their selection by voting both “yes” and “no.”

Even if the 4.6 percent of Californians whose ballots did not answer the recall question had voted against it, Davis would have lost.

The recall passed by a margin of 10.8 percent.