Audits spur new election safeguards

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South Carolina

October 15, 2011

Columbia, South Carolina: Two separate audits have discovered vote total inaccuracies in South Carolina's 2010 general election. The League of Women Voters and the State Election Commission both conducted audits of these totals and found similar errors. None of the errors discovered were large enough to affect certified election outcomes.[1]

Nevertheless, the State Election Commission is now taking steps to eliminate these inaccuracies--inaccuracies caused largely by human error in the operation of electronic voting machines. Auditing software developed by the commission will be distributed to counties in order to allow local audits prior to the certification of results. Despite these safeguards, critics remain cautious about the machines, arguing that the machines should produce a paper trail to ensure full reliability.[2]

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