CEIMN in the News

November 28, 2020

November 25, 2020
by Lila Hassan

In a last-ditch attempt to undermine the 2020 presidential election, the Trump campaign has targeted Wisconsin’s two most heavily Democratic strongholds, home to significant Black and Hispanic populations.

Unlike Georgia and Arizona, where the campaign has pursued statewide recounts, the campaign’s request for a Wisconsin recount was limited to Dane County, where Biden unofficially took 75.5% of the vote, and Milwaukee County, where Biden took 69.13%.

November 24, 2020

By Corrie Emerson

Audits and recounts are two different post-election processes, but both are designed to build confidence in our elections. With everything going on in the post-election news cycle, Verified Voting and Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) coauthored this FAQ on the difference between an audit and a recount. For questions, please email info@verifiedvoting.org.

What is the difference between an audit and a recount?

October 15, 2020

Commentary by Mark Halvorson 

Published Oct. 9, 2020
Duluth News Tribune

We know you’ve heard the horror stories. We know there are some who want to discredit our election system. We know there are some who want to do damage to our democracy.

November 30, 2018

On November 20, 2018, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) completed its 7th nonpartisan observation of the post-election audits of Minnesota's voting equipment.

December 21, 2016

As the CIA digs deep to investigate foreign influence on our election, we should recognize that we don’t need cybersecurity experts to tell us if our votes have been accurately counted. Citizen observers can do the job, if we fix the way we vote and the way we verify those votes.

November 30, 2016

On November 22, 2016, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) completed its 6th nonpartisan observation of the post-election audits of Minnesota's voting equipment.  

October 25, 2016

Rigged? Fraudulent? Excuse me, but as Donald Trump might interject: “Wrong!”

In Minnesota, we can have confidence in our election outcomes. For the past 12 years, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, has worked to ensure accurate, transparent and verifiable elections in Minnesota. As the founder of CEIMN, I helped organize seven statewide observations of Minnesota’s postelection audits and recounts.

Here are five reasons you can be confident that the results of next month’s election will be accurate and verifiable.

July 10, 2014

When John A. Pérez pored over voting results to determine which of California’s 22,353 precincts should be recounted in his tight battle for state controller, his campaign chose the ones in which he did well. A Sacramento Bee analysis of the four largest counties to be recounted show some areas the campaign picked also have a disproportionately high population of Latinos and a disproportionately small population of whites and Asian Americans....But the strategy highlights a system now coming under national criticism from vote-monitoring groups as inherently unfair....

February 25, 2014

Recounts—Improving state laws

Testimony Presented by Mark Halvorson, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota

Recounts serve an important purpose in our democracy. Foremost, properly conducted recounts assure candidates and the public that in a close election there has been a fair examination of the procedures and an accurate count of all legally cast votes.

Recounts can also help us improve election systems. Any shortcomings in our voting equipment, ballot design, and ballot processing are revealed by the scrutiny of a recount.

February 11, 2014

Last week Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota released Recount Principles and Best Practices, a document providing recommendations on key recount matters such as counting methods, transparency, voter intent and challengers. The document is especially welcome as it was produced through the cooperation of election officials and citizen activists and it is the first comprehensive set of best practices for recounts.