I'll post shortly on the results from yesterday, how they lined up with expectations, and what we can expect today in terms of the vote margin. But as I was looking through the numbers, something caught my eye. There's some unexplained discrepancies in yesterday's vote totals from Grays Harbor.
First off - a disclaimer. I've double and triple-checked these numbers, but it's always possible that I've made a mistake. I don't think I have, but feel free to let me know if you see it differently.
Looking back to Monday, Grays Harbor reported the following totals:
Total Ballots Counted: 25,642
Votes Cast in Race (VCR): 19,702 (76.83%)
Votes Cast for Sanders (SMOV%): 9,922 (50.44%)
Votes Cast for Wiggins: 9,780
Yesterday, Grays Harbor reported new totals:
Total Ballots Counted: 25,884
Votes Cast in Race (VCR): 20,054 (77.48%)
Votes Cast for Sanders (SMOV%): 10,105 (50.44%)
Votes Cast for Wiggins: 9,949
Some quick math reveals that Grays Harbor (which is not located next to Chicago, incidentally) counted 242 ballots yesterday, and reported 352 new votes in the Sanders-Wiggins race.
So where did those 110 extra ballots come from?
The 352 new votes yesterday reflected an SMOV of 51.99% This is slightly above the overall 50.36% average that Grays Harbor had been reporting until yesterday, and reflects an definite upward tick: Friday's SMOV% was 49.02% and Monday's was 50.44%.
Evil, election-throwing scheme? :-) Minor tabulation error from Monday or last week that someone finally noticed and corrected? What do you think?