Auditing Australian Senate Ballots

Berj Chilingirian, Zara Perumal, Ronald L. Rivest, Grahame Bowland, Andrew Conway, Philip B. Stark, Michelle Blom, Chris Culnane, Vanessa Teague

We explain why the Australian Electoral Commission should perform an audit of the paper Senate ballots against the published preference data files. We suggest four different post-election audit methods appropriate for Australian Senate elections. We have developed prototype code for all of them and tested it on preference data from the 2016 election.

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