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Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Confirms Accuracy of Vote-Count;
Says Post-Election Audit Showed No Signs of Inaccurate Tabulations

HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch on Monday confirmed the accuracy of the vote count in the 2012 Primary Election, stating that a post-election audit of the vote-counting machines showed no signs of inaccurate tabulations.

Ballot Scan in Progress“Montanans can be confident that their vote counts,” Secretary McCulloch said. “The results of the post-election audit confirm the integrity of Montana’s elections system and the accuracy of the vote-tabulating equipment.”

The State Board of Canvassers held a public meeting on Tuesday, June 12, to select random precincts and races for the post-election audit of the vote-tabulating equipment used in the 2012 Primary Election.

Every county subject to the audit had to hand-count both the federal U.S. Representative race and the state Attorney General race for the precincts that were selected. Additionally, some counties had to also hand count a local legislative race, if one was chosen.

“The post-election audit reinforces that Montana’s elections are fair and accurate, and that no vote goes uncounted in our state due to an error in technology,” Secretary McCulloch said. “I am proud to stand behind the effort that implemented this audit, and I thank our Election Administrators and Clerks and Recorders for helping to make Montana’s elections more transparent.”

The Post Election Audit Act was passed in 2009 as a collaborative effort between the Secretary of State’s Office, the Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders and the League of Women Voters, (MCA, 13-17-501,et seq.) It requires the Secretary of State’s Office to reimburse local governments for the costs associated with the post-election audits, following each federal election.

Results from the random selection of precincts for the 2012 Primary Election Post-Election Audit can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Statewide election results for the 2012 Primary Election remain unofficial until after the statewide canvass, which is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 27. Election results for county offices and issues became official following the county canvasses, which were completed on June 19. Visit the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov for the latest election information.