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2000 Florida Ballots Project
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    - NORC Files
        - NORC Readme (Text file)
        - Raw Data
        - Aligned Data
        - Coder Demographic Data
        - Recode Data
        - Comments Data
        - Orange County Data
        - NORC Data Layouts (ZIP file)
    - Media Group Files
        - Media Readme (Text file)
        - Media Readme (Word file)
        - Voting Results (ZIP file)
        - Media Group Data (ZIP file)
    - Florida Ballot Tabulator
        - Tabulator Readme (Text file)
        - Tabulator Program (ZIP file)
    - Ballot Image Files
        - Image Readme (Text file)
        - Image Readme (Word file)
        - Ballot Image Data

Download Data Files

All of the data related to the Florida Ballots Project can be found on this website, free and available to all parties interested in replicating the results of the study or conducting other analyses with the data. Before downloading files, analysts should first become familiar with the readme files and other documentation provided with each dataset. The data files available are not only complicated in and of themselves, but they are related to each other in a complex way. It is only by understanding the information provided that an analyst will be able to conduct meaningful analyses with this data.

NORC Files

There are six NORC-produced data files associated with the project. Two are primary data files (the raw data file and the aligned data file) and four are ancillary data files (the demographic data file, the recode data file, the comments data file and the Orange County data file).

The raw data file is a ballot-level data file that contains information on every chad or candidate space on every ballot across the 67 counties. This file does not attempt to align candidate information across ballots; it simply reflects the reality of the disparate ballot designs used throughout the state of Florida. The aligned data file reconciles every coder's information for every ballot for each presidential and U.S. Senate candidate. This file contains the first processing step necessary to facilitate comparison of the codings for each candidate regardless of his or her various ballot positions across the state. Thus, the raw database is the definitive historical archive of every mark on the uncertified ballots. The aligned file is an analyst's tool, presenting only the markings related to the various candidate positions on each county's ballot. The ancillary data files provide contextual and supplemental information for the ballot-level files. More detail about each of the six NORC-produced data files appears as it is selected for download.

Data are available in three formats: SAS, SPSS and ASCII (bar-delimited). Analysts familiar with SAS, SPSS or any other statistical software system may download these files. Frequencies are available for comparison purposes (e.g., to ensure that the data are being read correctly).

Media Group Files

There are also Media Group Files. All are supplemental to the NORC raw and aligned data files, but critical to the replication of the results.

Florida Ballot Tabulator

Those not familiar with statistical software packages may use the Florida Ballot Tabulator, created by Elliot Jaspin of Cox News Service. This vote tabulator is a programmed interface that allows users to examine various ballot counts that would result from the various recount strategies considered by election officials, presidential candidates, and the various courts involved in the 36 day struggle to determine the winner of the 2000 Florida presidential election. Documentation for this vote tabulator appears in the Media Group readme and in a help file within the Florida Ballot Tabulator.

Ballot Image Files

These are original, raw ballot image data files. Pictures of ballots from ten counties are included, as well as the data itself in binary (.bal), comma-delimited text (.txt), DBF, and SAS file formats.