Friday, September 7, 2012

Those voice votes at the DNC

At this week's Democratic National Convention, chairman Antonio Villaraigosa asked three times for voice votes on an amendment to the party platform to add references to God and to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Were there more ayes or noes? I used Audacity to look at the waveforms. The height (amplitude) of a waveform indicates how loud it is. Click on each one to get a better view.

First vote:

Second vote:

Third vote:

By my reckoning, after staring at these and checking the vertical alignment of the "aye" and "no" sections of each waveform, I'd say that the noes barely win the first vote, and the others are too close to call.

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