“Recount Principles and Best Practices”

Center for Election Integrity in Minnesota:

As the United States enters the critical mid-year election season with close outcomes all but guaranteed, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) announces a new and concise resource, Recount Principles and Best Practices.

This document addresses a wide range of recount topics, including initiating mechanisms, funding, transparency, impartiality, counting methods, targeted recounts, and rules for determining voter intent.

CEIMN convened four nationally recognized, bipartisan authors and a blue-ribbon panel of advisors to distill their extensive recount experience into key principles and best practices. The authors of Recount Principles and Best Practices are:

  •      Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State, who chaired the five-person State Canvassing Board that oversaw the 2008 U.S. Senate recount
  •      Sam Reed, former Washington Secretary of State, who oversaw the 2004 Washington gubernatorial recount
  •      Jane Platten, former director of Cuyahoga County Ohio Board of Elections
  •      Mark Halvorson, founder of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota and creator of the CEIMN searchable database of state recount laws.

The report was reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of advisors, including election officials, election integrity advocates, journalists, and academics.


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