June 27, 2011, 7:26 p.m.
Democracy International has released a study, Vote Count Verification: A User’s Guide for Funders, Implementers, and Stakeholders. The study provides detailed comparison and analysis of leading VCV techniques, such as Parallel Vote Tabulation and Benford's Law.
The growth of election monitoring and the increasing sophistication of vote count verification (VCV) techniquesdeveloped since the 1980s have made it increasingly difficult for autocrats to manipulate the aggregation of electionresults without being exposed. This kind of fraud previously was common, as in troubled elections in the Philippines in 1986, Mexico in 1988, and Panama in 1989. Indeed, concern about possible manipulation of election results is a classic characteristic of transitional or postconflict elections. But the effectiveness of vote-count-verification techniques today generally makes it possible for monitors to detect any significant cheating in the aggregation of election results and reinforces broader efforts to encourage election integrity.