These principles were written to guide the design of high-quality postelection audits. They were developed by an ad hoc group comprising many stakeholders, including election officials, public advocates, computer scientists, statisticians, political scientists and legislators. CEIMN founder and former director Mark Halvorson was an executive editor.

Read more here: Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Audits

Topics include:

  • Transparency
  • Independence
  • Paper Records
  • Chain of custody and Ballot Accounting
  • Risk-Limiting Audits
  • Addressing Discrepancies and Continuing the Audit
  • Comprehensive
  • Additional Targeted Samples
  • Binding on Official Results