Are All Audits Created Equal? Risk-limiting Audits Vs. Full Forensic Audits

(Ryan DeLarme) We reported last month on the Maricopa County AZ forensic audit, going so far as to call it the “front lines of an information war”. Regardless of preference or subjective beliefs, it is an observable fact that we are witnessing two sides duking it out for control of the public perception. Since then, we’ve reported that more and more states are going to be following in Arizona’s footsteps, but will these audits be as open, thorough, and transparent as what we’ve seen so far in Maricopa?

Related Maricopa County Audit: The Frontlines of an Information War

by Ryan DeLarme, May 29th, 2021

The Pro-Biden crowd claim that the election was on the up and up, these individuals do not want the new audits and complain that there have already been numerous audits. And they are right to a certain extent, however, the validity of these audits has been called into question.

The difference between these audits and the audit currently taking place in Maricopa has been described by professionals as “risk-limiting audits vs. full forensic audits”.

Below is a short video by Philip Stark, Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the Interim Regional Associate Dean, College of Chemistry and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Professor of Statistics at the University of California-Berkley.

Professor Stark explains the shortcomings of the risk-limiting audit. This supports the movement to demand full forensic audits.

Professor Stark was on the Board of Directors for a company called Verified Voting. Verified Voting is an “accountability group” that state public officials rely on for recommendations when buying expensive voting systems.

Philip Stark created the famous gold standard of audits: the risk-limiting audit. This video explains that a risk-limiting audit on ballot marking devices could confirm the WRONG winner. The current Ballot Marking Devices (like Dominion’s Image Cast Evolution) can be hacked remotely and undetectably.

Stark has since resigned from his position at Verified Voting and released a telling resignation letter. He is currently a part of the ongoing forensic audit taking place in New Hampshire, you can view his resignation letter in its entirety here.

The audits have spread from Arizona to other highly contested swing states, below are a couple updates regarding audits still occurring and pretense for future audits.

  1. The audit in Windham, New Hampshire remains ongoing. Below are excerpts from a detailed report regarding the audit in question.

On May 11, a three-person team in the town of Windham, New Hampshire, began auditing results of the 2020 general election and Rockingham County District 7 House of Representatives race, as well as votes cast in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. In total, around 10,000 ballots are being audited. The audit has revealed discrepancies in the results for the House of Representatives election, with voting machines “consistently undercounting Republican vote tallies,” according to an analysis by The Gateway Pundit. The audit, ordered on April 12 by Republican governor Chris Sununu, includes a thorough examination of ballot-counting machines and memory cards, and a hand tabulation of ballots.

2. There is not an audit taking place in Luzerne County Pennsylvania but there is an investigation starting. Oddly, all of the Republican ballots were marked as Democratic ballots. It was claimed that this accident resulted from “human error”.

As per a recent article from Times Leader:

“Two reasons were given Monday for Luzerne County Republican ballots mislabeled as Democratic ones on electronic screens at polling places in the May 18 primary.

Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which supplied and programs the devices, said “human error” caused the data entry typographical mistake in the heading at the top of the ballot, according to company executive vice president of operations Nicole Nollette.

County Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik acknowledged the county does not test the on-screen ballots after they are approved. The county leaves it up to Dominion to program them into the electronic ballot marking devices with no county examination before the machines are locked up for delivery, he said.”

More information is flooding out every day as these forensic audits progress. Keep your eyes on this and we will continue to send you information.


Published by Ryan DeLarme

Independent Media, Investigative Journalism

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