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Here's why Iowa is doing more election audits this year

Every county is subject to an audit of a random precinct's ballots, but this year, two races are being double-checked, instead of just one.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A regularly-scheduled audit is underway in Scott County following the 2022 midterm elections, and this year, it's bigger than ever.

According to Secretary of State Paul Pate, every county in Iowa is subject to a post-election audit in randomly-selected precincts to "help ensure the integrity of the vote" by making sure the numbers match with the total reported by ballot tabulators.

This year, Pate added another layer to the audit; two races on the ballots will be audited instead of just one. Both races will be subject to the same hand-count audit.

“Post-election audits add another layer of integrity to the election process," Secretary Pate said. "I want all Iowans to know their vote counts, and it will be counted correctly." 

This year, the governor's race and the constitutional amendment ballot will be the subjects of the audit.

The Scott County Auditor's Office began its audit proceedings at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10 by hand-counting ballots and comparing them to the machine count.

The B22 precinct was randomly selected as the subject of the Scott County audit by the secretary of state's office.

The audit was completed sometime before 4 p.m., and officials confirmed that the audit's count and the initial machine count successfully matched.

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