[E-voting] Margin of error - was RE: "Black box"
irregularities in the ...
beddill at nas.com
Mon Aug 1 18:34:35 IST 2005
Most US elections (each state has it's own laws) have a percentage level
(or two) below which some kind of recount of the already-cast ballots must
take place. In my own jurisdiction, for example, the first limit requires
that a machine recount be done - and a tighter limit requires a hand recount.
In our recent Governor's election, the third process took place - certain
qualified individuals/organizations (usually the political parties) may ask
for a "review" of the counting - and the details vary widely, which is why
I call it a "review" not a recount.
And all this is different (in rules, if not in mechanics) from an "audit",
which we election integrity watchers are now strongly advocating. Allowing
the count to be done by machine (whether ballots are paper or DRE) but
always accompanying that with a parallel hand count of at least a
substantial random sample of the ballots.
At 8/1/2005 04:49 AM, you wrote:
>VoteHere refer to recounts in CA to achieve a margin of error of +-2.5%
>occurring out of sampling as per "California's 1% automatic precinct
>If this test finds different outcomes per county I'm not sure offhand
>whether there is then a larger recount, a re-run or a coin toss. Florida's
>was decided by the courts at one stage I recall :-)
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