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Recount Principles and Best Practices

This document addresses a wide range of recount topics, including counting methods, transparency, impartiality, initiating methods, targeted recounts, and rules for determining voter intent. CEIMN convened four nationally recognized, bipartisan authors and a blue-ribbon panel of advisors to create these key principles and best practices.

Audits Vs. Recounts

Audits vs. Recounts: What’s the Difference?

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 coauthored this FAQ on the difference between an audit and a recount.

Voting News

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Election officials worry about their safety ahead of midterms

Sean Lyngaas, CNN, June 17, 2022

When US intelligence and national security officials gathered at a classified facility in April to speak with election officials around the country, there was no burning new intelligence to share about cyber threats to American democracy.

The briefing covered Russia's war on Ukraine and foreign and domestic sources of disinformation about US elections, according to three people familiar with the briefing.

But there was a striking change from pre-2020 briefings: It touched on violent threats to election officials that stem from conspiracy theories about the voting process.

    Recount Roulette

    Huffington Post
    11/3/2012
    by Mark Halvorson & Barbara Simon

    We risk an election meltdown worse than the Florida 2000 debacle when the presidential election came down to hanging chads and chaos. This time we are looking at another razor close result and perhaps another recount.

    Election officials worry about their safety ahead of midterms

    Submitted by dan@ceimn.org on Fri, 06/24/2022 - 14:10

    Sean Lyngaas, CNN, June 17, 2022

    When US intelligence and national security officials gathered at a classified facility in April to speak with election officials around the country, there was no burning new intelligence to share about cyber threats to American democracy.

    The briefing covered Russia's war on Ukraine and foreign and domestic sources of disinformation about US elections, according to three people familiar with the briefing.

    But there was a striking change from pre-2020 briefings: It touched on violent threats to election officials that stem from conspiracy theories about the voting process.

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      Voting and Election Laws (USA.gov)

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      (Test content) Federal election LAW can help protect your voting rights and the election process. Learn about limits on campaign contributions, accessibility laws for voters with disabilities or language barriers, and more.

      U.S. election laws date back to Article 1 of the Constitution. This gave states the responsibility of overseeing federal elections. Many Constitutional amendments and federal laws to protect voting rights have been passed since then.

      Voting News

      Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/23/2022 - 05:17

      Election Law Blog:  This source covers the law of politics and the politics of law and includes coverage of election law, campaign finance, legislation, voting rights, redistricting, and the Supreme Court.

      electionline:  Electionline is an essential stop for news and information for election administrators, advocates, and journalists. It provides news about the people and processes that guide our nation’s elections.  

      Audits vs. Recounts: What’s the Difference?

      Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/23/2022 - 05:08

      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 coauthored this FAQ on the difference between an audit and a recount.

      Recount Principles and Best Practices

      Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/23/2022 - 04:31

      Download our Recount Principles and Best Practices document (pdf)

      This document addresses a wide range of recount topics, including initiating mechanisms, funding, transparency, impartiality, counting methods, targeted recounts, and rules for determining voter intent.

      CEIMN convened four nationally recognized, bipartisan authors and a blue-ribbon panel of advisors to distill their extensive recount experience into key principles and best practices. The authors of Recount Principles and Best Practices are:

      • Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State, who chaired the five-person State Canvassing Board that oversaw the 2008 U.S. Senate recount     
      • Sam Reed, former Washington Secretary of State, who oversaw the 2004 Washington gubernatorial recount     
      • Jane Platten, former director of Cuyahoga County Ohio Board of Elections    
      • Mark Halvorson, founder of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota and creator of the CEIMN searchable database of state recount laws.

      The report was reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of advisors, including election officials, election integrity advocates, journalists, and academics.  “Accurate and verifiable elections are essential for our democracy,” said Minnesota Secretary of State Ritchie. “This document and its recommendations will improve the way state and local election officials conduct recounts.”

      CEIMN, a nonpartisan organization, was founded in 2004 to promote verifiable, transparent, and accurate elections. CEIMN has collaborated on other election reports including Principles and Best Practices of Post-Election Audits, released in 2007.