Democracy Counts 911 for Candidates etc.
Some indications of possible error or fraud:
Large differences from pre-election polls
- Statistically significant differences from exit polls
- Unusual partisan shifts compared to prior years
- Unusual turnout variations
- Excessive or strange numbers of undervotes or overvotes
What you can do about it?
There are two principal metrics that you and your volunteers can obtain to check for discrepancies that might point to outcome-shifting error or fraud:
- Compare poll tapes and other tabulations with official results to verify that official reports accurately reflect the tabulations of the vote counters. Our free app, Actual Vote
™makes this process easy, but any photographs of poll tapes can be compared to official results.
- Examine sample precincts that show unexpected results to verify that the number of people who say they voted for you aligns with the number of votes that officials reported voted for you. For example, if 100 individuals in Precinct X report that they voted for you, but officials report that you received only 50 votes, that would constitute a suspicious discrepancy.. There are specific legal requirements to the way this is done, so the measurements are valid in court, but this is the general idea.
- A simple method that everyone can understand for evaluating such discrepancies or potential fraud is to simply walk a suspect precinct and ask voters how they voted. We are developing systematic processes, with easy-to-use apps, to make it easier to do this. We will post more information with a link here soon.
If you would like help examining your district for suspicious discrepancies, please email: Candidate911@democracycounts.org with 911 in the subject and someone from Democracy Counts will contact you.
In the meantime, if you harbor genuine doubts about the outcome of your race, do not concede. There is no need to allege fraud — it is enough to say that you believe in the old adage “trust, but verify”, and that you will be convinced by the evidence, whatever it is.
See also the email send to candidates about the 911 initiative.
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