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Post-Election Auditing Effects of Procedure and Ballot Type on Manual Counting Accuracy, Efficiency, and Auditor Satisfaction and Confidence

Election Law Journal (2012-03-05) Stephen N. Goggin, Michael D. Byrne, and Juan E. Gilbert

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Accuracy

Overall, 40.0% (SE=6.4%) of groups provided an incorrect total number of valid ballots, and 46.7% (SE=6.5%) of groups provided an incorrect count for at least one of the four candidates. The average error percentage for the total number of valid ballots is 1.2% (SE=0.28%), and the average error percentage for candidate counts is 1.4%(SE=0.30%).

Timing

They tallied only two races on the ballots, 120 ballots. The first race took additional time than the second race. Times are net only for this activity and do not include rest breaks and other overhead of actually doing the work entailing an actual audit. Nevertheless, we can consider the time for the second race tallied (14 minutes) to be somewhat of an upper bound for 120 ballots. Thus, we have 14 min / 120 ballots = 7 seconds per ballot-race.

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Title Post-Election Auditing Effects of Procedure and Ballot Type on Manual Counting Accuracy, Efficiency, and Auditor Satisfaction and Confidence
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Author Stephen N. Goggin, Michael D. Byrne, and Juan E. Gilbert
Pub Date 2012-03-05
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