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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 03:28 AM
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16. Your link is irrelevant.
The 3% audits work on the same principle as polling to mathematically determine whether the machine count is reliable. For instance: Suppose you have a state senate race with 100,000 votes cast. A 3% audit would constitute 3,000 votes. If you randomly choose 10 precincts that add up to 3000, and each of those precincts matches exactly the vote count that was given by their machine, then you have extremely strong evidence that the vote count is accurate. If each precinct has 5 votes which were misread, then that would indicate a race-wide margin of error of about 1,666 votes. If the margin of victory was 30,000 votes, then that error is irrelevant. If it was 3,000 votes, then you would have an indication that you should run a complete hand count.

Saying that the 3% audit has no validity is like claiming that election polls are bad because they didn't call EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE COUNTRY.
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