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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 08:29 PM
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15. I agree it's not ideal!
Edited on Sun Oct-05-08 08:32 PM by OnTheOtherHand
With respect to the timing of the audit vis-a-vis the "canvass," I think in New Mexico the canvass has to be completed prior to any audit or recount. It's not too late for the results to be corrected, although the way the NM audit law is written, I'm not sure the results necessarily would be corrected -- it might depend on the magnitude of the miscount. In many states, if the audit were conducted prior to the "canvass," there would be no presumably authoritative results to be checked by the audit hand counts. (ETA: I'm sleepy and expressing myself stupidly, but my point is: if the preliminary count isn't 'locked in,' there's no clear basis for comparison. That can play out in lots of different ways.)

Even a flat 2% audit should be good enough to catch this particular problem, but I agree that it isn't simply "good." There are all kinds of problems with this audit design.
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