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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-05-08 08:13 PM
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17. it's like that game show: "is that your (voting system's) final answer?"
If you do the audit before the results are frozen, and compare the audit results to the canvass results when the canvass is complete, you appear to run the risk that the canvass results will be 'conformed' to the audit results, so that miscounts identified in the audit will not be treated as such. That could gut the audit. It's quite possible that I misunderstand your meaning, but that's the issue I'm addressing.

I'm not saying that the audit always has to come after something called the "canvass"; it all depends. For instance, if ballots are coming in and/or being processed for days after the election, it should be possible to freeze the counts of the election day ballots and audit those, then audit other kinds of ballots later. Or the canvass might be, by definition, the last step before final and irrevocable certification, in which case obviously the audit would have to precede it!

Since "canvass" means different things in different jurisdictions, we could be basically talking past each other.
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