In the sleepy West Coast Florida town of Inverness, as horses graze and Spanish moss hangs still on a breezeless summer day, an elections experiment was about to get underway. Lightening fast computer scanners, locked up ballots and a team of computer scientists from Boston, embarked on a first ever mission to verify that the votes cast in the August, Citrus County primary, are correct. “Believe me we are not looking for trouble but we want to verify the results independently,” said Susan Gill, supervisor of elections in Citrus County. She is one of 7 county supervisors across Florida, who agreed to allow a number of their elections to be part of the first large scale attempt to independently verify elections cast on paper ballots.
“Nelson Mandela once said ‘the thing looks impossible until it’s done.’ And we have done it,” the founder of Clear Ballot, Larry Moore told CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen. CBS4 Investigates found the face of how America votes and whether or not every vote counts could be affected by a pioneering project unfolding in a room in which the news team camera captured this unique, independent, audit.