Re: Mandatory vote audit law language

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jul 12 2006 - 15:16:37 CDT

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> 1. Re: Mandatory vote audit law language: A discussion thread--
> choosing precincts at random for audit (Jerry Lobdill)
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> From: Jerry Lobdill <lobdillj@charter.net>
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Mandatory vote audit law language: A
> discussion thread-- choosing precincts at random for audit
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> Here's the way I see it at the moment: Candidates and their
> campaigns probably have better information than anyone else about
> potential fraud in an election. Would it not be fair to allow each
> candidate to select a precinct for mandatory audit in each county for
> which he/she is a candidate?

I disagree with your premise, but still like your solution. Historically,
candidates have usually been entirely mistaken in where they thought votes
were miscounted. Consider Gore in 2000 in Florida, who picked the wrong
counties to recount. If Gore had used mathematical methods to detect
probable vote count errors, he would have focused more on the opscan
counties which recount would have given him a victory.

That said. I agree it is not a bad idea at all to allow candidates to select
a precinct in each county, or several in each state, to audit.

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