VOTING-MACHINE AUDIT PROVES MACHINES TALLIED TO STATE STANDARDS

VOTING-MACHINE AUDIT PROVES MACHINES TALLIED TO STATE STANDARDS

Pursuant to the New Mexico Election Law, Doña Ana County has audited 2 percent of its voting machines from Nov. 4 to determine whether they accurately recorded votes.

The audit involves hand-counting ballots cast for president in randomly selected machines and comparing the total hand count to the number of votes counted by each machine and printed out on election night. If the difference in the count differs by more than 1.5 percent, a manual recount of all votes must be held in the legislative district in which the machine in question was used.

The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections audited three machines (2 percent of the machines used in 115 precincts). In two precincts, there was zero difference between the hand count and what the machine reported on election night. In the third machine, there was a three-vote difference out of the 336 votes counted by the machine, giving Barack Obama two votes fewer when counted by hand, and john McCain one vote more when counted by hand. Translated, the machine counted votes accurately to within .0089 percent.

All three voting machines performed within the state’s parameters for accuracy when recording votes on election day.

According to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, each county is required to report the election audit results to the public to allay any concerns that the machines are inaccurate to the point where election results could be questioned.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.