Colorado completes statewide election audit

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Colorado became the first state in the nation to impose a statewide audit on election results.

It is called a risk-limiting audit, and it shows the people the accuracy of election results.

The elections office uploads the results and numbers of ballots. Then, based on a formula given by the secretary of state's office a certain number of ballots are checked. The elections office enters those ballots into a system and it compares it to how the machine counted.

"Our old audit was selected 500 ballots. It was a hand count and anyone that has spent time hand counting ballots knows it's difficult and cumbersome and sometimes unreliable," said Amanda Polson, the elections director for Mesa County.

In addition to accuracy, Polson said it takes less time to do than the old way, and it'll save taxpayers money.

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