Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

American Statistical Association Recommends Risk-Limiting Audits of Federal and Statewide Elections

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU
 
Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-27-10 10:39 PM
Original message
American Statistical Association Recommends Risk-Limiting Audits of Federal and Statewide Elections

American Statistical Association Recommends Risk-Limiting Audits of Federal and Statewide Elections

The Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association (ASA) today released a statement recommending that routine risk-limiting audits be conducted and reported in all federal elections, as well as in statewide and other governmental election contests. The statement also urges election officials to seek statistical advice on how to efficiently attain the desired accuracy. The complete two-page statement approved by the Board may be viewed at http://www.amstat.org/outreach/pdfs/Risk-Limiting_Endor... .

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 26, 2010 -- The Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association (ASA) today released a statement recommending that routine risk-limiting audits be conducted and reported in all federal elections, as well as in statewide and other governmental election contests. The statement also urges election officials to seek statistical advice on how to efficiently attain the desired accuracy.

Risk-limiting audits are designed to limit the risk of certifying incorrect winners,
said Sastry Pantula, ASA president, and a well-designed audit often can confirm a correct electoral outcome after examining only a small fraction of the ballots cast. If, however, an outcome is unclear or incorrect, a risk-limiting audit protects against prematurely accepting it. We need laws that call for such audits laws with teeth.

Most current laws mandating post-election audits call for looking at a fixed percentage of ballots, said Pantula. They may select many more ballots than are needed to do the job or, sometimes, not enough to provide a satisfactory check on the outcome. Good statistical design can efficiently and economically guarantee a large chance of finding and correcting erroneous electoral outcomes. Statisticians can help design risk-limiting audits that make better use of election officials time and taxpayers' money.

In a risk-limiting audit, ballots are sampled for review in batches (a batch is a group of ballots for which the machine total has been separately tallied). The total number of ballots examined to confirm a correct outcome generally increases with 1) a smaller margin of victory, 2) larger-sized batches of ballots, and 3) more errors in the machine count. Thus, states should seek to buy electoral machinery that makes small-batch reporting easy and that minimizes errors in recording voter intent. The audits themselves can help identify the kinds of machines and ballot designs that lead to the fewest errors.

The complete two-page statement approved by the Board may be viewed at http://www.amstat.org/outreach/pdfs/Risk-Limiting_Endor... . Additional information about election audits can be found on the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org/outreach/electionauditingresource... .

The ASA board has made two previous statements on election auditing, in March and August 2008. The March statement can be viewed at http://www.amstat.org/about/pressreleases/asacallsforau... and the August statement at http://www.amstat.org/about/pressreleases/asaendorsespo... .

About the American Statistical Association

The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 170 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the associations web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

For more information:
Rosanne Desmone
703.302.1861 office
703.946.3820 mobile
rosanne(at)amstat(dot)org

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/04/prweb3921714.htm

Refresh | +19 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 04:42 AM
Response to Original message
1. What a great idea, verified, believable elections!!!
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
rasputinkhlyst Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 08:26 PM
Response to Original message
2. Its time!
This needs to be sent to EVERY Secretary of State in the USA. 
There also needs to be a predictive model regarding voter
turnout if possible as well so as to measure a probability of
voter suppression. 
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 11:35 PM
Response to Reply #2
3. Interesting idea about checking for voter suppression. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Nov 26th 2014, 04:55 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC