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View Diary: How to Repair the Voting System: Sec. Debra Bowen's Answer (302 comments)

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  •  "Risk-limiting audit" (1+ / 0-)
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    HudsonValleyMark

    That is the jargon for an audit that doesn't focus on recounting some arbitrary, fixed number of ballots, but on doing whatever it takes to get a statistically high confidence that the result is correct. You end up auditing more in tight elections and less in blowouts.

    So I agree with the spirit of the diary, but talking about a "mandatory 1% recount" as if that is all that's needed is a dangerous mistake.

    Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

    by homunq on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:01:04 AM PST

    •  Diarist addresses this. 1% is a starting point. (1+ / 0-)
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      followed by increasing fractions for close races.
      In addition to increasing the degree of recounts in tight races, I think that if any machine were to be found in disagreement with the recount, it seems reasonable that the county where that machine was located would then be audited to a greater degree to determine whether the discrepancy was limited to that machine or was indicative of a wider problem.

      "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" --Casey Kasem

      by netop on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:27:41 AM PST

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      •  But using the correct jargon is helpful (0+ / 0-)

        "1% followed by increasing fractions" may or may not be good enough (or indeed overkill). "Risk-limiting" is clear and precise, and doesn't sound too scary or nerdy.

        Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

        by homunq on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:51:20 AM PST

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