Loudoun Election Officers Take part Submit-Election Poll Audit

The ballots solid in Loudoun County’s Nov. 3, 2020, elections will get one other look this week.

The state conducts an annual statewide risk-limiting audit of poll machines beneath a legislation handed in 2017 and an auditing program piloted in Fairfax County in 2018. Loudoun started taking part in 2019. The audit entails analyzing a random sampling of ballots to examine for proof of a improper final result. It additionally serves to bolster voter confidence in election outcomes, which has been beneath assault from some politicians, media shops and social media.

“This statewide audit helps to help the concept the integrity of the election course of is at all times of the utmost significance. The Division [of Elections] is frequently vigilant on issues associated to the safety and accuracy of the vote in Virginia,” said Virginia Commissioner of Elections Christopher Piper. “The flexibility to meaningfully take part in our democracy is among the most essential rights we’ve got as residents, and the Division of Elections is devoted to sustaining voter confidence within the democratic course of.”

“The audit helps help the integrity of the election course of. It makes use of a random pattern of voted ballots to manually search for proof that the initially reported final result of the election is right,” said Loudoun Basic Registrar Judy Brown. “Sadly, this yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t have most of the people watch in individual, however they’ll be capable of observe the audit remotely.”

The audit can be Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to four p.m.

Native election officers and observers appointed native political events take part within the audits. The general public may additionally observe, though this yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic that can be carried out remotely. Particulars on easy methods to take part could also be discovered at loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation.

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