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Post-Election Audit Confirms Vote Results

November 15, 2018
Reinbeck Courier
Grundy County conducted its first post-election audit on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, under a new law designed to monitor and protect election processes. Three citizens from Grundy County, each registered as members of either the Democratic or Republican political parties, met at the Grundy County Annex Building in Grundy Center to conduct the post-election audit of the votes cast in Precinct 2 at the November 6, 2018, General Election. Grundy County Auditor Rhonda R. Deters supervised the hand count of the ballots from that precinct. The audit was a perfect match to the results recorded on Election Night. Iowa law now requires that after each General Election the Secretary of State will randomly choose one precinct in each Iowa county to be audited. County auditors must then supervise a hand count of the ballots from that precinct and compare the results from the presidential or gubernatorial election, depending on the year, to the voting machine count from Election Night. In Grundy County, the Secretary of State chose Precinct 2 which votes at the Grundy Center Community Center where 267 votes were cast on Election Day. Both the machine count from Election Night and the hand count on Tuesday morning showed the following breakdown: Reynolds – 185 votes; Hubbell – 72 votes; Porter – 6 votes; Siegwarth – 3 votes; Write in – 1 vote; Total – 267 votes. “That’s is exactly what we expected and what we want to see,” said Grundy County Auditor Rhonda R. Deters. “The hand count shows that our machines are accurately counting the ballots.” The new law was in part a response to concerns about computer hackers altering election results. In Iowa the voting machines as well as the programming and tabulating computers are not hooked up to the internet and hacking the vote is highly unlikely. Being able to rely on paper ballots provides confidence in the integrity of the voting system. This post-election audit is in addition to extensive testing of the ballot tabulators conducted by the Auditor’s Office in advance of every election to assure that the tabulators are accurately recording each vote from the paper ballots cast at the election.

 
 

 

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