This week, the City of Kalamazoo will join other jurisdictions in Kalamazoo County to participate in a state-wide risk-limiting audit of the November election results. Risk-limiting audits further confirm the accuracy of election results by comparing a hand count of a random sample of ballots with the reported results from tabulation machines. More than 18,000 ballots are expected to be reviewed from all the state’s election jurisdictions.
“Dedicated people and robust processes ensure that elections in Kalamazoo County and the State of Michigan are always conducted fairly, securely, and with integrity,” explained Scott Borling, Kalamazoo City Clerk. “This audit will further affirm the results of the 2020 general election and should reinforce public trust in in our elections.”
Jurisdictions in Kalamazoo County will convene to complete their responsibilities on Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m. at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Local clerks will review the random samples, tally the results for the office of President of the United States, and transmit the results to state election officials. The process will be open to the public, however space will be limited to ensure everyone’s safety amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The risk-limiting audit will be streamed live at https://www.publicmedianet.org/civic-live in addition to being broadcast on PMN channel 190.
Once the risk-limiting audit is complete, the Michigan Department of State will announce the results, comparing the audit results to the machine tabulated totals from November. Clerks in Michigan, including Kalamazoo County, have been piloting risk-limiting audits since 2018. All completed audits have confirmed the accuracy of the results.
“The City of Kalamazoo has participated in risk-limiting audits every year since 2018 and in every case the accuracy of our elections has been confirmed,” explained City Clerk Borling. “We understand how important it is for voters to have confidence in our electoral process, and we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the integrity of elections in Kalamazoo.”