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Letter: Election reporting sways outcomes

A voter marks his ballot via cell phone

A voter marks his ballot via cell phone light at the generator powered First United Methodist Church in Oceanside, New York. (Nov. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

I believe that reporting by Newsday and other media ends up essentially rigging elections.

By reporting how much cash a politician has to spend, and how many points behind or ahead he or she is in the polls, Newsday gives the underdog a losing position from the start ["Cuomo has wide lead in campaign cash," News, Oct. 4].

The psychological effect is to tell the public that the underdog doesn't really have a chance. Many people get discouraged and won't come out to vote. The incumbent then likely wins, even though he isn't the better candidate.

Ray Steinberg, East Northport


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