Post-Election Audit Confirms Accurate Vote Counts

McCulloch says the clean audit reinforces that Montana's elections are fair and accurate

By Dillon Tabish

HELENA — Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says a postelection audit confirms the vote count in the Nov. 4 election was accurate.

The State Board of Canvassers — which includes the attorney general, the state auditor and the state superintendent of public instruction — met Nov. 12 to select random precincts and races for the audit. In every county subject to the audit, one race was hand-counted and compared to the tally compiled by the vote-counting machines.

McCulloch says the clean audit reinforces that Montana’s elections are fair and accurate and that no vote goes uncounted due to an error in technology.

The Post Election Audit Act passed in 2009 requires the secretary of state’s office to reimburse local governments for postelection audit costs following federal elections.

Statewide election results for the 2014 General Election remain unofficial until after the statewide canvass scheduled for Nov. 25.

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