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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