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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:Putting It All Together

Panel 7

Saturday, October 27


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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


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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


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Possible Follow-on Activities

  • Post-Summit Working Groups

  • Information Sharing

  • Web Information Resources

  • Research Coordination

  • Policy Development

  • Individual State Meetings (ala this Summit)


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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


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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


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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


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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?


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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.


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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)


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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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