Minnehaha County does not have election audits. Leah Anderson, an accountant and the Republican Candidate for Minnehaha Auditor, gives us her take why audits are important.
The auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound — Lord Justice Topes
Properly designed post-election audits can find counting errors and correct them, deter fraud, provide data to improve election administration, improve transparency, and promote public confidence in elections.
An election audit should:
be conducted before official results are certified
catch and reverse an incorrect election outcome
keep the audit trail complete and intact
Include manual inspection of paper ballots, not electronic media
have a truly random sample of individual ballots
include provisions for counting more ballots until there is strong evidence of a correct outcome
be transparent (open to witnesses or broadcast online)
And contrary to popular belief, an audit does not have to be incredibly costly, disruptive, or take a long time. In fact, with modern technology, audits can be conducted relatively rapidly.
Minnehaha County does not have post election audits. With over 29 years of accounting experience and a lot of expertise with audits, this is a place I could put my background to work quickly. If I am elected auditor, I will work hard to bring auditing to our election procedures.