ANDERSON — An audit of Madison County results in the 2020 election showed vote tabulation accuracy exceeded 90 percent.
The Indiana Office of the Secretary of State released the audit results for Madison plus Cass, LaPorte, Marion, and Vigo counties in conjunction with Ball State University through the System Technical Monitoring Program. vote.
“Indiana’s post-election audits provide strong statistical evidence that an election result is correct,” Secretary of State Holli Sullivan said in a press release. No Madison County race was close enough to affect the results.
“(The audit) is done by manually checking a random sample of paper ballots,” she said. “In a post-election audit, the ballots are not counted by scanners but (are) counted by hand to determine if the machine’s readings are confirmed and accurate.”
In Madison County, 447 ballots were sampled in presidential, gubernatorial, congressional, and county council contests, plus the issue of judicial retention.
There were 52,274 ballots cast in Madison County in the 2020 general election.
Madison County Clerk Olivia Pratt said Friday the county had been selected through a pilot program.
“We prefer 100%,” she said. “The recount done in 2019, the results were not skewed by one vote.”
Pratt said there are some things that need to be reviewed on Ball State’s schedule, which is why the numbers aren’t quite right.
“They didn’t take into account that a candidate wins by mail and then loses the election when all the ballots have been counted,” she said.
The counties selected for the 2020 audit were randomly selected, based on the vote tabulation systems used to ensure that the four different systems approved for use in Indiana were sampled.
Sullivan announced this month that 10 counties will have a post-election audit after the 2022 election.
“As the state elections officer, one of my most important responsibilities is to verify that all Hoosier votes are accurately counted and that proper election procedures are followed,” Sullivan said.
“Doublening the number of audits conducted by the state (from five to 10) is another essential step in providing transparency to voters and increasing confidence in our state’s electoral process.
Audits will be conducted in four counties after the 2022 primaries.
The Voting System Technical Oversight Program team advises the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Election Commission on certification of voting machines and electronic voting records in Indiana.
The Ball State team helped craft the nation’s first legislation allowing electronic poll records to be certified and tested before they were allowed to be used in Indiana elections.
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