Re: Spoiled ballots, forged ballots, destroyed ballots

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Jun 11 2004 - 23:34:36 CDT

On Jun 12, 2004, at 12:26 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> We suggest recounts be done for a random percentage of the precincts,
> checking the EBI against the printed and cast ballot, and we suggest
> that the a smaller random percentage of the precincts hand count the
> printed ballots against the scanned and EBI totals.

I assume you mean a "percentage of random precincts" actually... I
don't think you'll select the confidence intervals at random :-).

Still, I think it makes sense to spot check a small number of ballots
at *every* precinct. If you think only some scanning machines might be
broken, but others work right, hand counting a few ballots at every
precinct lets you catch this. Subject to confidence intervals and all
that. Otherwise, the precincts you select at random might miss the one
broken scanner.
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