More communities are taking part in audits of voting equipment in Wisconsin this year. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is requiring audits of voting equipment in 5 percent of the state’s wards and at least one in every county. Commission spokesman Reid Magney said audits were expanded due to concerns over election security. “There are a number of national groups that have determined post-election audits are a best practice, that states should be verifying the results of elections before they’re certified,” said Magney. “Our commission has taken that to heart and used an existing audit that we already do to start meeting that best practice.” For the first time this year, the audits must be completed before the state certifies election results next month.
“Some clerks would do that as soon as they could before the results were certified,” said Magney. “Others may have taken longer.”
Karen McKim, coordinator of the citizen group Wisconsin Election Integrity, said she’s pleased the commission is requiring audits be finished before certifying results.
“It’s high time that Wisconsin election officials did that basic IT hygiene task before they declared the election results final,” she said.