In response to:

The 400,000 Votes That Tipped the Election

cross bones Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:02 PM
Ohio totals just MIGHT have been influenced by the folowing coincidences. 109% of registered voters voted in Wood County (Bowling Green State Univ.) In the Cleveland area there were precincts w/o a single Romney vote. Voter turnout was 90%+ in these precincts. Oh yeah, they were the same precincts where republican election judges were barred by the Dems. 31 counties (out of 88) had 90% voter registration rates. I would like to think I live in a state where the electorate is that engaged. Of course, Ohio has no photo ID law. An easily fabricated electrical bill is all you need to vote. But of course I'm a wacko conspiracy theorist to even suggest any of this affected the result.
C.H. Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:06 PM
cross: Allen West is fighting for his seat. "
Officials said Saturday that West lost by 2,442 votes. The partial recount changed the final tally by several hundred votes. But officials have not changed the final but unofficial outcome and say the new tally is not enough for a full recall election.
However, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a volunteer lawyer for West's campaign, thinks a full recount of early votes would give the congressman the extra votes needed to trigger an automatic recount."

Early/ absentee voting can me tampered with if there is no poll observer in the room.

Read more:
C.H. Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 2:10 PM
If Allen West's election is an example of funky counting, how might if have changed the Presidential race.
Early/absentee votes in my community are taken to one polling place and counted in a room closed off to the community. You can have a poll observer in that room, but if you don't is there voter integrity?

Broad trends and the national political undertow can't be adequately captured in any single statistic -- but if Mitt Romney had managed to push the electorate in a handful of states a few clicks in his direction, he'd be the president-elect, rather than an also-ran.  Via Jim Geragthy:

Florida: 73,858

Ohio: 103,481

Virginia: 115,910

Colorado: 113,099

Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275...