What happened to the Pennsylvania Presidential vote count at 9:14 on election night?

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The Politicus
Nov 11, 2020 12:44 AM 0 Answers
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This is an excerpt of data scraped from the New York Times election tracking website. At line 5969, the vote count suddenly drops by 340k votes, then at line 5972 it drops again by 114k votes, then at line 5974 it suddenly goes up 500k votes, then at line 5977 it drops nearly 600k again.

To be clear, I'm not alleging fraud here. I'm simply wondering whether anybody knows what happened. If you look at the ratios, Trump gained a 3.6% swing between lines 5968 and 5977. That works out to 249k votes for Biden "vanishing" between those lines and only 122k for Trump. Comparing line 5968 to 6003 when the vote count finally gets back up to that level again, Trump gets a 21.2% swing between those two similar lines, so if this vote subtraction benefited anybody, it benefited Trump.

So, anybody know the story?

line    state           timestamp               d_ratio r_ratio votes
5966    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:10:32Z    0.65    0.342   1087107
5967    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:11:01Z    0.643   0.349   1106477
5968    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:13:11Z    0.641   0.351   1111586
5969    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:14:32Z    0.592   0.399   871782
5970    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:14:56Z    0.59    0.402   877724
5971    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:16:43Z    0.586   0.406   888907
5972    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:17:03Z    0.689   0.301   774021
5973    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:17:32Z    0.685   0.306   781428
5974    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:18:59Z    0.677   0.299   1288475
5975    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:19:33Z    0.677   0.299   1288604
5976    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:21:59Z    0.664   0.312   1325632
5977    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:22:45Z    0.627   0.363   739443
5978    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:23:32Z    0.629   0.361   779178
5979    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:24:00Z    0.625   0.364   786831
...
6003    pennsylvania    2020-11-04T02:41:23Z    0.532   0.455   1125611

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