The Need for Post Election Auditing

There is a great article in the Akron Beacon Journal about the primary election there that illustrates why we need more post-election auditing before elections are certified. The article is about the race for the county Democratic Party’s central committee, which is the ultimate in low-interest races on a ballot. Two candidates claimed that they had voted for themselves as write-in candidates, yet no candidate was said to have received any votes in the race.

A post-election, post-certification review of the ballots turned up the write-in votes on the paper ballots, yet neither candidate will receive a certificate of election since the votes were found post-certification. This kind of case illustrates why more attention needs to be paid to post election auditing.