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Reply #14: Lots of problems with audits though. (And I don't get paid to deal with them either!) [View All]

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-06-10 12:51 PM
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14. Lots of problems with audits though. (And I don't get paid to deal with them either!)
Edited on Fri Aug-06-10 01:21 PM by Bill Bored
Improper sampling methods, improper escalation methods, improper random selection methods, lack of expertise or any due diligence in the legislative and rule-making processes, excessive complexity, etc.

Even if a statewide audit is large enough to find serious problems somewhere in the state when the outcome of a statewide election is wrong (say in a county or two), this rarely, if ever, results in expansion of the audit where problems happen NOT to be found. Since the per-county samples are small (i.e., fewer audit units) compared to the statewide sample, this is bad design. It assumes that problems are limited to the county or counties in which problems happen to be discovered. Maybe this is what Wilms is referring to.
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