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Originally posted by minniescar Now tell me how i can go into a booth anonomously and vote they can figure out how often i got to church?
So what are they taking a precint with 10,000 voters and saying well since 50% of the total voters voted for bush and the other 50% voted for Kerry and 50% of the voters where women that must mean 25% of those votes for kerry and 25% of the votes for Bush must have been made by females?
How does CNN make election projections?
On Election Day, Edison/Mitofsky interviewers stand outside of sample precincts in a given state. They count the people coming out after they have voted and are instructed to interview every third person or every fifth person, for example, throughout the voting day. The rate of selection depends on the number of voters expected at the polling place that day. They do this from the time the polling place opens until shortly before it closes.
The interviewers give each selected voter a questionnaire, which takes only a minute or two to complete. It asks about issues that are important, and background characteristics of the voter, and it also asks for whom they voted in the most important races. During the day, the interviewer phones the information from the questionnaires to a computer center.