The results of a Risk-Limiting Audit pilot conducted on the March 10 presidential primary results suggested their accuracy and security and reinforced the state’s preparedness for elections in August and November. The pilot, in which 80 out of 83 counties participated, randomly sampled ballots from 277 jurisdictions across the state. The exercise, the largest of its kind in the nation, was conducted as part of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s ongoing efforts to work with local election officials to strengthen Michigan’s systems.
The results of the 669 random ballots selected in the pilot mirrored the state’s official election results within one percentage point for the leading candidates in each primary, suggesting if an actual audit had been conducted the outcome of the election likely would have been confirmed within the statistical level of certainty selected. The audit pilot also reinforced the significance of paper ballots, which provide a key election security safeguard, allowing for the meaningful audit of election results to ensure outcomes are correct.
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