weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Inyo County will conduct ‘Risk Limiting Audit’ of votes

Updated November 19, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Inyo County Clerk Kammi Foote announced that the county will conduct a Risk Limiting Audit in addition to the required 1% post-election manual ally of ballots cast in the general election.

The audit is a procedure that provides strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct or has a high probability of correcting an outcome that wouldn’t match a full hand count of the ballots. The audit itself requires human beings to examine and verify more ballots in close contests and fewer ballots in contests with wider margins.

A random selection of 1% of all precincts for the required post-election audit and the rolling of a 10-sided die for the Risk Limiting Audit will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the County Elections office in the Inyo County Courthouse in Independence.

The audit will begin immediately following the random selection of precincts for the 1% hand tally and the random seed selected by the rolling of the 10-sided die. The audit is expected to take place from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25.

The registrar of voters will publish the election results to be audited, along with a cryptographic hash of their contents on its website immediately after it is established.

The public is invited to observe all processes.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Valley aquifer could reach “critical management” levels by 2055

After many months of painstaking research and calculations, a date has been placed on when the Pahrump Valley’s sole-source aquifer could reach critical management, with officials pegging the timeline at somewhere between the year 2055 and 2060. However, it was emphasized that this is an estimation and with so many variables at play, there is a possibility it could change.

How an injured and abandoned dog in Pahrump overcame the odds

A stray dog that was homeless, hospitalized and facing euthanasia earlier this month is now on the mend thanks to several in the community who helped raise thousands for its life-saving care.

Kellogg Park set for $70k expansion — here are the plans

The town of Pahrump is poised to purchase a parcel adjoining the lands dedicated to Kellogg Park, with a $70,000 offer for the 4.39 acre lot at 3781 E. Santovito St.

Guns, drugs, cash recovered in search could be part of crime ring, sheriff says

Officials from the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Unit are assisting the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest and investigation of a man allegedly found possessing a hoard of guns, drugs and cash, according to Sheriff Joe McGill.

No same-day registration for Nye’s next live tax sale

Nye County is coming up on its next delinquent property tax sale and there is going to be a big change to the process — for the first time, there will be no same-day registration available.

Rare opportunity to kayak in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – A temporary lake provides a rare opportunity to kayak in the driest place in the United States: Death Valley National Park.

2024 Dark Sky Festival could lure thousands to Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Explore the wonders of space from one of the darkest locations in the United States. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival will take place Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. This popular event was attended by over 3,500 people last year.