Boland introduces post election ballot audit proposal
From Chicago's ABC Channel 7 WLS news:
Illinois' election reputation has been stained by decades of dishonesty. But now, ABC7 News has learned that an unusual move has begun to fend off fraud at polling places.Good idea?
It was just last November that we saw a post-midnight march on to the Cook County building by defeated county board presidential candidate Tony Peraica, whose cries of chicanery at the polls were not unusual by Illinois election standards.
"Sad to say that Illinois doesn't have the greatest reputation for our elections," said Rep. Michael Boland, D-East Moline
That's why Moline state representative Mike Boland has introduced an amendment to the election code. The proposed law would require an election night audit in each precinct in Illinois instead of a central location as is now the case.
Under Boland's law, right after the polls close 10 percent of all paper ballots would be tallied and compared to 10 percent of all votes stored in electronic voting machines.
If there is a discrepancy, if there is something akilter(sic) between the paper ballots and the machine count then we will be able to find out if there is scaldugleriy(sic) going on or a kink in system or somebody hacked in," Boland said.
A 10 per cent election night audit would double what is required under current state law; be much faster and done publicly, in the presence of election judges from both parties.
"By requiring 10 percent you get a statistical confidence level that can guarantee that the election has integrity," said David Larson of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project.
Chicago election officials say their 5-percent sample recount a week after the polls close provides all the integrity necessary.
They say says election judges are already overwhelmed once the polls close, and that training them to do an instant audit would be a "recipe for disaster, conflict, chaos and fraud,"...the very things the law is intended to prevent.
If you took advantage of early voting this month, your vote will not be audited. Boland says that means your vote could be compromised and no one would know it. So he wants early voters to have a paper ballot option and their vote audited on election night.