Question: What basis should candidates use to decide whether to contest their elections?

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Oct 21 2006 - 15:10:55 CDT

We want to write a press release that local election integrity groups could
revise and release to advise the public that there is no basis of confidence
in election results:

1. because no state currently conducts sufficient independent manual audits
of electronic vote counts (see,

2. because aggregated election results hide evidence of vote miscount and
no state currently routinely releases the detailed vote counts required for
independent forensic election analysis

so we will "recommend that candidates contest elections until after
obtaining detailed vote counts and election records and doing forensic
investigation to uncover any possible evidence of fraud or errors."

QUESTION: What criteria would you suggest we recommend to candidates to use
for deciding whether or not to contest their elections and why?

Thank you. Any other suggestions or assistance editing this press release
which will go along with state election data forensics projects will be
highly appreciated. Please see

After this November, we hope that the candidates of all political parties
will insist on doing forensic investigations prior to conceding so that the
public can have some confidence that correctly elected candidates are sworn
into office in January.

Thank you.

Kathy Dopp
National Election Data Archive
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