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Principles for Post-Election Audits: Putting It All Together. Panel 7 Saturday, October 27. Principles for Post-Election Audits: Where Do We Go From Here?. What have we learned? election auditing is in its infancy & evolving rapidly many points of agreement

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principles for post election audits where do we go from here
Principles for Post-Election Audits: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • What have we learned?
    • election auditing is in its infancy & evolving rapidly
    • many points of agreement
      • e.g., it’s difficult to put statistics into legislative language
    • some more controversial ideas
      • e.g., responsibility for audits should be independent
  • Transparency!
    • it’s good for election officials as well as the public
  • Building Public Confidence
    • expecting routine problems & variations/descrepancies
what needs to be done
What needs to be done?
  • to help spread the election auditing gospel
  • to gain more cooperation from election officials
  • to build information & infrastructure
  • to provide foundations for good legislation
possible follow on activities
Possible Follow-on Activities
  • Post-Summit Working Groups
  • Information Sharing
  • Web Information Resources
  • Research Coordination
  • Policy Development
  • Individual State Meetings (ala this Summit)
possible post summit working groups
Possible Post-Summit Working Groups
  • Table of State Auditing Laws, Administrative Rules, and Current Developments
  • Glossary of Election Auditing Terms
  • Web Archive of Auditing Documents & Forms
  • Model Auditing Standards & Legislation
  • Election Auditing Training Materials
  • Data Collection Instrument Design
  • Statistical Sampling and Measurement
information resources sharing
Information Resources & Sharing
  • More Face to Face Meetings
    • Another National Election Auditing Summit?
    • State-specific meetings?
  • Web Sites
  • Email list servers
  • Wiki\'s for sharing files & collaborative editing
  • On-line Bibliographies & Resource lists
  • On-line & Spreadsheet Audit Calculators
election auditing summit meetings in selected individual states
Election Auditing Summit Meetings in Selected Individual States?
  • Bring together similar mix of local and state election officials, statisticians, computer scientists, and election integrity advocates.
  • PLUS selected others from other states
    • (some via remote videoconference if necessary)
  • Hold in state capitol so key legislators and their staff can participate
other venues to spread the word
Other Venues to Spread the Word
  • National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
  • National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)
  • National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) [schedules meetings in conjunction with National Association of Counties (NACo) conferences]
  • International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT) [splintered from NACRC in 1960\'s)
  • Others?
data collection
Data Collection
  • Specify what kinds of data are needed
    • precinct-level, by contest, equipment, type of voting
  • Develop standard forms for gathering data
    • Election equipment
    • Auditing & vote counting procedures
    • Detailed audit cost components
    • Etc.
  • Collect existing forms, training materials, etc.
promising research areas
Promising Research Areas
  • Sampling methods to improve efficiency
    • (statisticians, computer scientists)
  • Counting methods for accuracy & efficiency
    • (statisticians, industrial psychologists)
  • How to change norms for election auditing
    • (administrative behaviorists, industrial psychologists)
infrastructure policy development
Infrastructure Policy Development
  • Public access to data
  • Transparency across all levels of voting process
  • Election tabulation & auditing rules & legislation
    • stay tuned for Panel 8!
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