Re: Questions from election officials

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 17:26:29 CDT

On May 3, 2004, at 2:38 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

>> In any case, California's law mandating a hand recount of paper
>> ballots from precincts representing 1% of the voters after every
>> election is good policy! ....
> I've heard bad things here. Such a sample should be randomly selected.
> From what I've heard, election officials give lip service to this. A
> guy in
> LA told me recently that precincts for manual recount are selected in
> advance and not randomly! This is a sham.

I'd suggest that half the precincts be selected at random
I'd suggest that the parties be allowed to suggest precincts
that they wish to see counted, so that a precinct in which the
first unofficial numbers depart markedly from predictions or
from some statistical model can be forced into the recount
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