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CITP Lunch Seminar: Robert Giles – Risk-Limiting Audits (RLA) Pilot Program in New Jersey

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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A risk-limiting audit (RLA) is a type of post-election audit. It requires manually checking statistical samples of paper ballots to see if official election results interpreted and tallied the ballots correctly. When contests have wide margins, the samples can be quite small, quick and inexpensive to check. Information will be shared regarding the experience of conducting pilot Risk Limiting Audits (RLA) at the county level. The goal was to create a learning environment where our county election officials could receive hands on experience as they learned the steps involved in conducting RLAs.


Robert was appointed to the position of director of the New Jersey Division of Elections on May 1, 2008.  Prior to this, he was employed by the Ocean County Board of Elections beginning in 1995 working as an investigator, a voting machine technician, an assistant supervisor and supervisor. He currently serves on the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) which is responsible for sharing election threat information between the federal government and council partners. He co-chaired the GCC working group that was responsible for developing the Election Infrastructure-Information Sharing Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) Charter and currently serves as a member of its Executive Committee. He is an adjunct professor for Rutgers University’s Center for Government Services teaching Election Administration. Robert is currently a member of the Standards Board for the United States Election Assistance Commission. He is also serving as the Standards Board representative on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee which is responsible for developing the next set of federal standards for voting equipment. He served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group for the 2016 Presidential Election. He is the immediate past president of the National Association of State Election Directors and served as vice president of the New Jersey Association of Election Officials and was a member of its Legal and Legislative Committee.

CITP Lunch Seminars are open to Princeton faculty, staff, and students only. Members of the public who would like to attend a particular talk should contact Jean Butcher at .

In an effort to support sustainability at our events, attendees are encouraged to bring reusable items for their personal use.

To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Jean Butcher, , 609-258-9658 at least one week prior to the event.