Knowing It’s Right Part Four: Ballot Accounting Audits Best Practices Guide
By Jennifer MorrellBack to Training & Resources
Knowing It’s Right Part Four: Ballot Accounting Audits Best Practices Guide, intended for election officials and administrators, is part of Democracy Fund’s series on election auditing by Jennifer Morrell. Ballot accounting is an important element of a well-run election and plays a critical role in valid, post-election audits, and this guide presents best practices for designing a ballot accounting process that ensures forms are filled out completely, reconciliation happens correctly, and an audit of the ballot accounting, reconciliation, and chain-of-custody logs occurs. While the gravity and significance of ensuring and proving the validity of election results is now more important than ever after the 2020 Election, these in-depth processes and mindset are a longtime trait of the election administration field.