Re: Spoiled ballots, forged ballots, destroyed ballots

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jun 11 2004 - 23:41:24 CDT

At 12:34 AM -0400 6/12/04, David Mertz wrote:
>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 :-).

Actually, to be precise, I think we both mean "percentage of
precincts chosen 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.

That's fine too.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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