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Re: “Prop. 8: Stop Ignoring the Numbers

Your post misses an important point. In order to more accurately see the impact of the the black and latino votes you need to look at the portion above the general population split, for simplicity assume a 50/50 general population split. That would yield 1,197,591 black votes and 2,155,654 latino votes for a total of 3,353,255 votes. If we use a 50/50 split there would be 1,676,628 votes for either side, you give the black yes vote at 838,314 and latino yes vote at 1,142,502 for a total of 1,980,816 and increase over the expected vote of 304,188.

Clearly the black and latino vote had a huge impact in prop 8 passing, but they were not "the" factor. Like others who were deeply disappointed and hurt with the passage of prop 8 I wanted to find a single group to blame, the reality however is that it isn't either of these groups alone or individually.

I don't want to short change the responsibility these groups have in their votes, they did have an impact and I will consider that impact as I vote in the future for things important to these groups but not necessarily important to me.

Posted by johnsil on 11/17/2008 at 11:26 AM

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