Journalists have an important role in informing the public about how states canvass and verify election results. A number of jurisdictions have recently adopted processes for verifying their election counts through post-election audits. We’ll speak with Ben Adida, the Executive Director of VotingWorks, and Tammy Patrick, a senior advisor to Democracy Fund and a former Maricopa County election official, about these post-election audits and what journalists should know to cover audits effectively in support of public confidence about the election results.
The National Conference of State Legislatures offers a primer on post-election audits, with information about each state’s audit requirements.
The Election Assistance Commission offers resources on state efforts and guidance around election audits.
VotingWorks highlights experiences with risk-limiting audits in 2020 primaries in the video below: