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Random Draw Procedure for Voting System Audit

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Priority: 
Medium Priority
Date: 
November 1, 2010
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

Random Draw Procedure for Voting System Audit
WI Government Accountability Board (G.A.B)
9:30 am November 3, 2010
212 E. Washington Ave, Third Floor
Madison WI, 53703

There are two separate draws as part of the voting system audit procedure: the selection of reporting units to be audited by local election officials or G.A.B staff and the selection of the election contests to be audited.
The selection of reporting units and offices for audit shall be done publicly in the G.A.B office following the procedures set out below.
Selection of reporting units to be audited by local election officials
The reporting units for the general election provided to the G.A.B by the close of business on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 shall be exported to an Excel spreadsheet from the SVRS canvass reporting system. The staff shall use the random number generator in Excel to select 250 reporting units for audit by local election officials.
After selection, G.A.B staff shall determine if any of the first 50 selected reporting units had no votes cast in the September primary. If so, then additional reporting units from the remaining randomly selected reporting units shall be selected until 50 reporting units with votes cast have been selected.
G.A.B staff shall determine if the selected reporting units include at least 5 reporting units from each type of voting system approved for use in Wisconsin pursuant to § 5.91, Wis.Stats. If not, the additional reporting units from the remaining randomly selected reporting units shall be selected until at least 5 from each type of system approved for use in Wisconsin pursuant to § 5.91, Wis. Stats., have been selected.
Approved Voting Systems (Optical Scan)

  1. Optech Eagle
  2. Sequoia Insight
  3. ES&S M100
  4. ES&S DS200
  5. Premier Accuvote-OS
  6. ES&S 150
  7. ES&S 650 (Not used in any WI municipality)

Approved Voting Systems (DRE/touch screen)

  1. Sequoia Edge
  2. ES&S iVotronic
  3. Premier Accuvote-TSX
  4. Populex 2.3

In the event that it appears a selected reporting unit may be the subject of a recount, the G.A.B staff, at the discretion of the Director and General Counsel, may replace that reporting unit with a different reporting unit from the remaining units determined by the random selection.
Selection of reporting units to be audited by G.A.B staff
If the randomly selected reporting units for audit by the municipal clerk do not include any voting system currently used in less than 5 reporting units, the reporting units shall be included in the 10 reporting units to be audited by G.A.B staff. Populex is the only voting system currently used in less than 5 reporting units.
The remaining reporting units to be audited by G.A.B staff shall be selected in order from the original randomly selected reporting units.
Selection of election contests for audit
The G.A.B staff shall prepare a list of election contests that appear on all ballots throughout the state. The offices shall be separated between federal/state and county offices. A minimum of four offices shall be audited, including the top race on the ballot (gubernatorial). Two federal/state contests and one county contest shall be randomly drawn to determine the election contest to be audited by state and local election officials. The G.A.B staff shall follow the same procedures for drawing and documenting the selection of election contests to be audited as it follows for determining ballot order pursuant to § 5.60 (1)(b), Wis. Stats.

Federal/State Offices on all ballots in WI

  • Governor & Lieutenant Governor (required to audit)
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • US Senator
  • Representative in Congress
  • Representative to the Assembly

County Offices on all ballots is WI

  • Sheriff
  • Clerk of Circuit Court


Notification of municipal and county clerks

G.A.B staff shall contact the municipal and county clerks to inform them of the reporting units and election contests subject to audit. Each municipal and county clerk selected shall be contacted by the close of business on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. A list of reporting units with the type of equipment and contact information for the municipal clerk shall be posted on the G.A.B website.