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Topic: When am I ever gonna use this?
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 Bob Posts: 190 Registered: 12/3/04
RE: When am I ever gonna use this?
Posted: Nov 4, 2012 10:09 PM

The poll worker seems to have single digit odd/even numbers down pretty well. We're not sure about two digit numbers, like 54 and 45. But things do get interesting when three digits are involved -- I guess his issue is not knowing that the digit in the one's place determines whether a number is even or odd.

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And what happens if the house number is, say, 45? Or 54?

Jerry

On Nov 4, 2012, at 2:45 PM, Evan Romer <evanromer@gmail.com> wrote:

> Another example of why it's important to learn math.
>
> Suppose you're a poll worker in Ohio (sort of an important state for
> this election). The polling place where you're assigned serves two
> different precincts, so each voter has to be given a ballot for the
> correct precinct depending on where the voter lives. (If the wrong
> ballot is used, the voter's ballot gets invalidated.)
>
> For this polling location, the dividing line for the two precincts runs down the middle of Maple Street: odd street numbers vote in precinct A, even street numbers in precinct B. So when a voter living on Maple Street comes in and asks for a ballot, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEIR STREET ADDRESS IS ODD OR EVEN:
>
> (from http://electionlawblog.org/?p=29505 )
>

> > Does the Equal Protection Clause or Due Process clause of the U.S.
> > Constitution require that the Board, having done so, also count
> > other ballots cast by voters in the wrong precinct but at the correct location? The district court said yes.
> >
> > The problem of poll worker error is one which has not gotten enough
> > attention and needs to get more attention. This excerpt from the opinion poignantly illustrates the issue:
> >
> > In at least one instance, a poll worker appeared to be unable to distinguish between
> > even and odd numbers. When asked whether the house number 798 was even
> > or odd, the poll worker responded:
> >
> > A. Odd.
> > Q. And why do you think that?s odd? I?m sorry. Why do you think her address is an odd address?
> > A. Because it begins with an odd number.
> > Q. It starts with an odd number?
> > A. Yes. Nine is an odd number. Eight?s even.
> > . . .
> > Q. . . . So on Election Day, if somebody came in with an address 798 and you had two
> > ranges to choose from, you would choose the odd for them?
> > A. Yes.
> > Q. Okay. And is that how you did it for all the ballots that you looked up on Election Day?
> > A. To determine if they were even ? yes.
> > Q. To determine if they were even or odd, you looked at the first digit of the address?
> > A. No. I looked at the whole address.
> > Q. And you chose however many ? if there were more odds than even numbers, it
> > would be an odd address?
> > A. Yes.

>
> Evan Romer
> Susquehanna Valley HS
> Conklin NY
>
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