New Report Recommends Audit Procedures to Improve Elections

Type: Report
Year: 2007

The Samuelson Clinic has co-authored with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law the first comprehensive review of state laws and academic research on audits designed to check the integrity of electronic voting systems.

The report, “Post Elections Audits: Restoring Trust in Elections,” finds that most states are not doing enough to use post-election audits of paper trails to ensure that electronic voting is secure and accurate. Taking account of the wide variations in the organization of election jurisdictions around the country, “Restoring Trust in Elections” outlines goals and methods for conducting cost-effective, rigorous audits that will help guard against programming errors as well as malicious attacks against electronic voting systems.

The Berkeley authors are Joseph Lorenzo Hall, a PhD candidate at the School of Information, and Aaron Burstein, TRUST and ACCURATE Research Fellow at the Clinic and BCLT, joined the Brennan Center’s Lawrence Norden and Margaret Chen to produce the report, which had extensive input and review from a blue-ribbon panel of computer scientists, election officials, and statisticians.