Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity through Election Auditing

Hardcover | June 19, 2012

EditorThad E. Hall, R. Michael Alvarez, Lonna Rae Atkeson

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Since the 2000 election, American politics has been obsessed with the question of fraud in, and accuracy, of election results. The 36 days of controversy in Florida in the 2000 election – with changing results, ballot problems, ballot counting discrepancies, and the issues with the chain of custody of ballots – illustrated to the public the challenges that can occur in elections. This book shows how, by applying simple concepts used in auditing, elections in the U.S. and internationally can be made more transparent, more accurate, and better managed. The techniques are presented in easy to understand chapters that can be applied in elections today.

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Since the 2000 election, American politics has been obsessed with the question of fraud in, and accuracy, of election results. The 36 days of controversy in Florida in the 2000 election – with changing results, ballot problems, ballot counting discrepancies, and the issues with the chain of custody of ballots – illustrated to the publi...

R. Michael Alvare z is a professor of Political Science at the California Institute of Technology and the co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. He has studied campaigns, electoral behavior, research methodology, and voting technology in the United States and in many nations throughout the world. He received his PhD...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 8.93 × 5.67 × 0.64 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230341217

ISBN - 13:9780230341210

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Table of Contents

Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity * Comprehensive Audits * Statistical Advances in Election Auditing * Confidence in the Electoral System: Why We Do Auditing * Summary of Election Audits in California * Machines Versus Humans: The Counting and Recounting of Pre-scored Punchcard Ballots * The New Mexico Pilot Project * Counting the Ballots: A Comparison of Machine and Hand Counts in New Mexico * The Cost of Election Audits: Time and Money * Public Policy and Election Audits in New Mexico * Procedural Audits:  Utah and Auditing Elections * Auditing in a Vote By Mail Environment * Using Recounts to Measure the Accuracy of Vote Tabulations: Evidence from New Hampshire Elections 1946-2002 * Conclusion:  The Future of Election Auditing

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'Election audits are rapidly becoming election administrators' most powerful tool for ensuring that the system works for citizens as voters and taxpayers alike. This book should be required reading for anyone who seeks to understand why auditing the entire voting process is a necessity, not a luxury, for election officials nationwide.' – Doug Chapin, director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey