Not so hot...

Last year, Venezuela had a big debate over the importance of the “hot audit” (auditoria en caliente) for the credibility of electronic election results.

A hot audit is when the paper-trail produced by the voting machines is audited on election night. It means the paper ballots the machines produce are counted immediately after voting ends in a representative sample of voting centers, and the results of the hand-count are compared against the electronic results right away.

Today, Sumate told the OAS Elections Observers that the National Electoral Council’s plan for the Dec. 4th election is to publish the results of their “hot” audit next year!

Cripes, it’ll be deep frozen by then.