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August 5th, 2017, 07:36 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2013 From: New York, USA Posts: 573 Thanks: 79  Is There A Way Of Checking My Work Doing This?
This isn't algebra, but I don't know where else to put this topic. I made a big spreadsheet for the 58 presidential elections. There have been 23,505 electoral votes. For each state, I'm typing how many electoral votes there were in the elections the state voted in. This is 23,505 for original states that did not secede after Lincoln was elected and fewer than 23,505 for other states. When I add up the sum of these 51 numbers (for 50 states and D.C.), is there a way of checking my total in terms of how many electoral votes there were in each election?

August 5th, 2017, 10:32 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: May 2016 From: USA Posts: 855 Thanks: 345 
I am not sure I fully understand either the question or your set up. It sounds to me, however, that you are asking about crossfooting. Do you know what that is? At least in the kind of spread sheet that you are doing, crossfooting will not guarantee absence of errors, but it will greatly reduce the probability of errors. To discuss crossfooting in any detail, I'd need to know more about how you have structured the spread sheet. 

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