Nate Silver gives a good argument that we should automatically audit our elections. In other words, we should regularly check our elections for irregularity, not just when the count is close. It shouldn’t be a recount, it should be an audit that is always done for every major election.
He compares it to a cancer test, which should be done regularly in order to make sure there is no big problem lurking.
Sliver also talks about the risks of doing this. Back to the cancer analogy, there is always the danger of a false positive, which could unduly undermine confidence in an election result. But making an audit a regular thing rather than something that is only triggered when the results already look irregular, will help allay that.
I completely agree. We need to have trust in our voting systems, and currently we have little data to give us that trust. We need some kind of audit.
Originally published at Political Irony.