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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

  1. 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.
  2. If a particular contest is close, a full hand recount may be required from election officials.
  3. 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:

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