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RPV Statement on Flawed Risk-Limiting Audit

Richmond, VA – Republican leaders in the General Assembly sent a letter to the Commissioner of Elections today regarding the flawed design of the audit it has planned, which can be read here. Senate Republican Leader Pro Tem Steve Newman, and the entire House Republican leadership team, Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, and Whip Jay Leftwich, let the Northam Administration know that its plan to use a sample of 1,400 ballots to confirm the accuracy of the Presidential election result in no way meets the legal requirement to run an audit to confirm the accuracy of ballot scanner machines. The Department of Elections’ description of its audit plan can be read here.

“Virginians’ confidence in elections was shaken last November,” said Rich Anderson, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. “Ralph Northam’s Department of Elections needs to take its duty to restore the voters’ faith seriously.

“The Department’s inadequate plan for the Risk-Limiting Audit required by law won’t do the job. I applaud our Republican leaders in the General Assembly for calling the Department out on its failures in their letter today.

“Virginia Democrats are doing everything they can to erode confidence in our elections. This poor substitute for a real audit lines up with the Democrat actions in the General Assembly to reject every Republican election bill and make permanent the illegally adopted temporary measures for last year’s election, such as ballot harvesting and elimination of the witness signature requirement.”