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Risk limiting and other post-election audits

A risk-limiting post-election audit helps confirm that the election outcome is correct and that the voting equipment and procedures used to count votes worked properly. These audits entail human hand/eye examination of a random sample of paper ballots, and a comparison of the votes on these ballots to the results produced by the vote tabulators.

Learn more about risk-limiting audits from VotingWorks here.

This short video from VotingWorks explains these audits in more detail.