Paper ballots recounted to check election results in Georgia

— By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 13, 2019 — A recount of ballots printed out by Georgia’s new voting system confirmed the accuracy of electronically counted election results, state election officials said Wednesday. But critics say the state’s audit proved nothing, and they believe ballots created by computers remain vulnerable to tampering and inaccuracies. […]
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— By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 13, 2019 —

A recount of ballots printed out by Georgia’s new voting system confirmed the accuracy of electronically counted election results, state election officials said Wednesday.

But critics say the state’s audit proved nothing, and they believe ballots created by computers remain vulnerable to tampering and inaccuracies.

Election workers on Tuesday reviewed a sample of paper ballots printed by touchscreens during last week’s election in Bartow County, one of six counties that tested the state’s $107 million voting system. Voters in the rest of the state will switch to the new system starting with the March 24 presidential primary.

“An important part of the new voting system is the ability to audit with the use of paper ballots. This feature provides the confidence voters deserve,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.

During the audit, four teams of two election workers each pulled a random sample of 80 ballots out of 1,550 cast in Cartersville. The teams read the printed-out text on the ballots and tallied the results in the race for mayor and a referendum on Sunday morning alcohol sales.

The review showed there were 66 votes for Cartersville Mayor Matthew Santini and 12 votes for challenger Nicole Butler, a result that confirmed Santini’s victory on Election Day with 85% of ballots cast, said Mark Lindeman of Verified Voting, a national election integrity organization that helped with the audit. The probability that Santini didn’t actually win based on the audit sample is about 1 in 1 billion. The audit also confirmed the outcome of the alcohol sales question.

“It doesn’t take a statistics degree to figure out there was a preponderance of votes for Santini,” said Lindeman, Verified Voting’s director of science and technology policy. “There was strong evidence that the reported outcomes were correct based on the ballots.”

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