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Polling fixed

Thankfully, we’re able to access the polling part of the blog again, and I can relate some numbers. The KS Senate poll had 6,554 votes. Of course, given previous shenanigans, there’s no way to tell how many of those were actual votes as compared to fake ones. The 1st District poll, on the other hand, had 5,579 votes. There were no auto-vote codes found there. As was said before, however, all results should be skeptically considered, given the easily manipulated nature of the poll – either through code or deleting cookies.

Next time, we’ll be a little more security minded.

(Added at 9:34 p.m. – I’d like to make something very clear, as these things can spin out of control. We have absolutely no indications that the person who inserted the script into the poll was formally associated with the Moran campaign. I have spoken with the Moran campaign and have a firm, on-the-record denial that this action was sanctioned by them in any way, or was undertaken by any Moran employee.)

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5 thoughts on “Polling fixed

  1. Sean,
    This does not seem right to me. If the poll was auto dialing for Moran every 10 seconds, wouldn’t that be over 8,000 votes per day?

    1 vote every 10 seconds is 6 votes per minute, x60 minutes in an hour= 360

    24 hrs in a day x 360 votes = 8,460, right?

    The poll has been up for one week, how do you come up with only 6,554 votes total?

    Kind Regards,
    Karen

    Posted by karenwesterbeke | June 22, 2010, 9:23 pm
  2. Karen,
    Yes, that would be odd, if that were the case. However, as was stated in the post from earlier, the code was inserted in the poll on Monday a few hours before the poll closed.

    Hope that clears things up.

    Jonathan

    Posted by Jonathan Shorman | June 22, 2010, 9:32 pm
  3. Joanthan,
    Thank you for your quick response, I guess I am confused still. If there were 2,000 unaccounted votes, Prairie Politics caught the script within just a few hours then? The situation of the script, that it’s called “moran auto” or whatever it was called just seems really fishy, like that LT guy wanted to get caught?

    Just my $.02.

    Keep up the good work on this site!
    -KGW

    Posted by karenwesterbeke | June 22, 2010, 10:03 pm
  4. Earlier, when I said the voting was at around 2,000, I was way off. I was more than a little annoyed at the script/cheat, and today in the newsroom has been busier than usual. What should have been there was the total votes were closer to 5,000 when I checked over the weekend. I can see how that would be confusing and I totally take the blame for it. I’ll go back and adjust the original post.

    Posted by Sean Wardwell | June 22, 2010, 10:38 pm
  5. I would be stunned if 300 of those were actual votes. The rest will be using some form of scam to cheat the system. The only reliable (sort of) poll would be one limited to currently registered uses. This is done all of the time, but usually the websites don’t have the integrity to tell you their pools had been hacked. Congratulations to these folks for having the integrity to be straight with their readers,

    Posted by altevogt | June 23, 2010, 2:28 am

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