Montpelier, Vermont - November 30, 2010
An audit of this year's election results shows the automated machines used to count ballots are accurate.
Tuesday, volunteers hand counted ballots from four randomly selected communities. They also counted ballots from Montpelier since the city had issues with its machines' data cards. The goal of the audit was to see if the optical scanners used in about 40 percent of Vermont communities are reliable.
"And it's really to demonstrate to all the voters in this state that the Acuvote tabulators that are used in about 105 towns are very accurate and that they are comparable, in fact we think superior, to hand count," Vt. Elections Director Kathy Dewolfe.
In two of the towns the hand count produced exactly the same results as the tabulator machines. In the other three towns the count was off by only a vote or two.
Bianca Slota - WCAX News