Re: open-audit elections

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Dec 13 2006 - 16:05:37 CST

-----Original Message-----
>From: Kathy Dopp <kathy.dopp@gmail.com>
>> The main idea is that, if enough voters check their ballots (1% or so),
>> then, with overwhelming probability, the vote casting was done
>
>Your mathematical assertion is incorrect. In close races, especially
>in those with small numbers of total votes, 1% gives very low
>probability of detecting vote miscount that could have altered such a
>race.

A potential virtue of so-called "open auditing" is that it could be adaptive. If a race is close, one hopes that perhaps more than 1% of the folks will be motivated check their receipts. If a race is a landslide few may bother. If a race is close and an insufficient number of people check their ballots then perhaps it just means there's not enough interest to warrant an investigation.

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