What Journalists Should Do When the Polls Close
What should journalists do when the polls close on Election Night?
Our friends at VotingWorks, a non-partisan non-profit focused on voting technology, have put together two guides that delve into the election process once the polls close and ensuring a candidate actually won through risk-limiting audits.
Three Key Takeaways
- There are never official results on Election Night — and don’t expect to be able to call a winner with an increase in vote-by-mail.
- If a particular contest is close, a full hand recount may be required from election officials.
- In a risk-limiting audit, the lower the risk limit, the more ballots that need to be manually examined.
Download and view both guides below: