Counting Scales for Election Ballot Auditing

Ballot Auditing with Counting Scales are Efficient with a Higher Degree of Statistical Significance

Ballot Auditing with Counting Scales are Efficient with a Higher Degree of Statistical Significance

Here is a novel use of counting scales.  Election ballot auditing ensures the accuracy, reliability, and security of election results.  In this paper from UC Berkeley, they suggest a method of using ballot based auditing using counting scales versus the more popular precinct-based auditing.  The main attraction to to ballot based auditing is the greater degree of statistical confidence for any set number of ballots that are counted.  The main drawback though is the inefficiency in locating a specific ballot for auditing.  The earlier methods used serial numbers for indexing the ballots.  Here they suggest a procedure that will use counting scales and ballot weight to index a stack of ballots.  Early results from these experiments indicate that this method could be a practical alternative giving results that is both statistically significant as well as compatible with existing hardware.

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More