Election auditing in New Mexico

The New Mexico Independent ran a story last week, “N.M.’s ’08 election results to be audited.” Towards the bottom of the story were a few sentences of interest:

The audit will be a first for the state, but Bernalillo County will go into the audit with a bit of experience. It participated in a project earlier this year that included University of New Mexico political science professor Lonna Atkeson, the secretary of state’s office, professors from CalTech and the University of Utah and others who audited the county’s 2006 election.

The results of that audit will be released next week, but Oliver said her office has already learned from its effort, such as finding the most accurate way to hand-tally ballots and strengthening the protocols for tracking the chain of custody for voting machines and ballots.

Stay tuned …