For Immediate Release:
January 15, 2008
Susan Lehman, 212-998-6318
Mike Webb, 212-998-6746
New Jersey Governor Signs Groundbreaking Post-Election Audit Law
Today, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed a bill that requires audits of election results in randomly selected districts. This past summer, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at Boalt Hall School of Law (U.C. Berkeley) convened an audit panel to determine the best methods for states to use when conducting audits. Lawrence Norden, who co-authored their report (Post Election Audits: Restoring Trusts In Elections) issued the following statement in response to the New Jersey audit bill:
"This new law is an historic audit bill and unlike any other in the country, because it uses the results of elections to determine when and how an audit should proceed, and should provide New Jersey voters with much greater confidence that electronic voting machine totals are accurate. It follows the outlines and standards set in other recent academic studies, and adheres to the recommendations made by our own audit panel. We applaud Governor Corzine and the New Jersey state legislature and hope that other states will follow their lead in securing the accuracy of the vote and in increasing voter confidence in our elections."