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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

What the Heezy?

How is it that Telescope Creative Interactive Solutions can count, confirm, and certify 60.4 million American Idol votes overnight, but it takes days, weeks, even months to nail down less than twice that number of U.S. presidential votes?


  • Dear Mr Burnett,

    I think it probably has something to do with the fact that the "American Idol" programme is Big Business - and is counted electronically.

    Presidential, & other, votes are Politics - & still counted by hand. Possibly cos electronics hasn't yet gotten to Politics, otherwise cos people trust electronics even less than they trust the present vote-counting system!

    By Anonymous Bronchitikat, at 2:44 AM  

  • Presumably American Idol isn't using civil servants to process their votes.

    By Blogger laura, at 12:53 PM  

  • Could be because even American Idol contestants are above claiming their election was stolen. I didn't watch a lot of idol, but I don't remember any of them sighing loudly, bitching, and demanding rediculous recount after recount of only one state. (Even if other states were smaller margins....)

    By Anonymous ChrisA, at 11:11 PM  

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