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Most people know the role of auditors in regards to taxes, but the function is necessary throughout the government and business world. Auditors provide a double-check to assure accuracy and adherence to requirements. Large public corporations must by law have their financial statements audited by a Certification Public Accounting firm. In accounting, it’s completely impractical to double-check EVERY transaction. Imagine having to verify every Walmart or Amazon transaction! So auditors use random samples. Anyone who’s studied statistics can tell you with a big enough representative sample, you can predict the overall population to a near 100% certainty. Everyone makes mistakes now and then, but a statistically significant failure in the sample leads to complete rejection of the financial statements, fines, and possibly criminal indictments for company officers.
My question is why don’t we have the same auditing samples for voting? Without some kind of double-check procedure, almost any kind of cheating and fraud can take place. Why can’t we, for example, register each person’s vote in an online database accessible by the voter and an independent audit company? And if a statistically significant sample of any county is shown to be inaccurate, the entire block of votes in the county is thrown out with a county re-vote triggered (under close surveillance & oversight), plus county officials in charge of the vote would be subject to criminal investigation.
Auditing is effective not only because the audit itself catches errors & fraud, it also works by creating a deterrent. In other words, people will be more careful with counting and are less likely to cheat simply because there’s a penalty if they don’t. As with photo ID’s, this is a simple way to ensure the integrity of our voting system. Without these checks & verifications, we’re no better than a banana republic or communist dictatorship. In the upcoming years, watch carefully who opposes any kind of voter ID or auditing. Despite their nonsensical cries of racism & voter suppression, these people simply are wearing alarm bells showing us who plans to cheat in future elections.