NM Election Audits

New Mexico – New Mexico is implementing a more rigorous post-election system for random audits of voting machines to ensure ballots are accurately counted.

Supporters say the auditing system also may potentially provide greater voter confidence in New Mexico's elections.

The new system replaces a post-election random audit of 2 percent of voting machines.

Starting with this year's general election, the number of precincts to be audited will vary depending on the closeness of a race. More precincts will be checked in a very tight race. Hand tallies of ballots will be compared to machine counts.

The goal is to make certain there's a high probability that errors will be detected if they could alter the outcome of the election.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.