The NASOS (National Association of Secretary of State) in November of 2019 fearing public distrust of elections started a nation wide advertising program: #trustedinfo. The emphasis was on how these institutions had foreseen the many possibilities that could corrupt the vote integrity and had put into place the proper protections.
Among the most impressive systems that the average voter does not see is the certification of machinery, the accuracy testing, and the audit system (usually under 3%). Combined they form a reasonable “proof” the results were correct. I have been promoting state run transparent full hand count audits of all federal races which would provide solid evidence. Ballots for this process have tight security and are stored for nearly 2 years.
Ballotpedia, is a web site dedicated to election information. Realize these elections used certified machinery, accuracy testing, and audits (under 3%) precautions. From 2000 - 2015 there were 27 full hand recounts only 3 caused a reversal of election results. Since 2017, Ballotpedia has covered 5 noteworthy recounts which showed 2 reversals of election results.
The reasonable “proof” when compared to a second source of tallying was 60% correct.
This is not good enough. This is a failure of the system. Let’s add mandatory state run transparent full hand count audits of all federal races to our arsenal of mitigation measures for vote integrity.