Accuracy of vote-count confirmed; post-election audit showed no signs of inaccurate tabulations

Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch on June 27 confirmed the accuracy of the vote count in the 2016 Primary Election, stating that a post-election audit of the vote-counting machines showed no signs of inaccurate tabulations.
“Montanans can be confident that their vote counts,” 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 14, to select random precincts and races for the post-election audit of the vote-tabulating equipment used in the 2016 Primary Election.
Every county that uses machines to tabulate votes had to hand-count both the Presidential race and the state Governor race for the precincts that were selected. Additionally, some counties had to also hand count a local legislative race.
“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,” 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 Election Administrators 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 and offices for the 2016 Primary Election Post-Election Audit can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at
County election results became official following the county canvasses completed on June 21. Results for state offices were official upon completion of the state canvass held Tuesday, June 28. Visit the Secretary of State’s website at for the latest election information.



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