Listen: North Carolina, Pitzer And Ben Cahoon discussed on This American Life
"Blade runner up until now in our show. We've had stories about people reading words now, we have restored. But somebody looking into some numbers and noticing things at the rest of us haven't Ben Cahoon tells the story this election cycle. It wasn't strange for voters to have to wait for racist to be called seems like there were so many squeakers. Among the squeaky est still unresolved a month after the election, North Carolina's ninth congressional district. The district is this long stretch of eight counties along the state southern border. So gerrymandered it looks like a hockey stick in that district or Republican former Baptist pastor named Mark Harris narrowly beat his democratic opponent. The democrat was this boy scouting former marine named Dan mccready the margin of victory in that race nine hundred and five photos crazy close but a win until the North Carolina State board of elections had a meeting. The board is four Democrats four Republicans won an affiliated member and the board decided in a bipartisan unanimous vote not to approve the results in the ninth congressional district that late Tuesday afternoon decision by the board not to certify the ninth really kind of sent shockwaves through the state. This is Michael bitter policy professor at catava collagen. North Carolina to say, this is something that that looks pretty serious trouble in river city. Pitzer says he can't remember this ever happening before it turns out behind this bipartisan emergency brake throwing voter fraud allegations, specifically funny business with Malin absentee ballots. So bits are did what policy professors do in a crisis like this he dove into the data downloaded from the state. And in it. He saw one thing that didn't look like the others. One county bleeding county only nineteen percent of the people voting by mail. We're registered Republicans. But among the mail-in ballots, the Republican candidate got sixty one percent of the vote, mathematically, this seem super unlikely he'd have to win all the Republicans and all the independence and some Democrats normally professors quantify, how unusual something isn't statistics standard deviation, and that kind of thing, but I have trouble following that. If if you were Luke Skywalker in this situation like how how? Big was the disturbance in the force. Old around. For those."