Re: Observations of Hand-Counted Paper Ballot

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_uscountvotes_dot_org>
Date: Fri Sep 30 2005 - 11:50:29 CDT

dr-jekyll@att.net wrote:
> That's why I prefer the TAR (Targeted Audit Recount) strategy where
> fewer precincts are recounted, but chosen by the candidates and other
> stakeholders (ballot question proponents and opponents) with the losers'
> getting the lion's share of the choices and escalate where fraud or
> gross errors are found.

You must want a repeat of Florida 2000 where Gore chose the punch card
counties to recount, when it was actually the FL optical scan counties
that would have given him the election if he'd recounted those. And
there are other instances of candidates directing their energies in the
wrong direction.

Very bad idea to have candidates select the precincts or machines to
recount. A totally randomly selected recount has a MUCH higher
probability of uncovering any miscounted precincts.

Best,

Kathy
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