Board of Elections certifies 2022 election results in Rhode Island

Votes unanimously after finding no material change to numbers

Posted 11/22/22

CRANSTON —  At a public meeting held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 22, the members of the Rhode Island Board of Elections voted unanimously to certify the results of the Rhode Island 2022 …

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Board of Elections certifies 2022 election results in Rhode Island

Votes unanimously after finding no material change to numbers

Posted

CRANSTON —  At a public meeting held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 22, the members of the Rhode Island Board of Elections voted unanimously to certify the results of the Rhode Island 2022 General Election.

The seven-member body in unison verified all federal, state, General Assembly and local races, local races subject to recounts, and all state and local ballot questions.

Certification came a day after the board completed its Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) of the state’s 2022 General Election results on Monday, Nov. 21.

Results indicated no discrepancies with the tabulations.

The state-of-the-art post-election RLA process, required by Rhode Island law, was conducted by Board staff.

“Risk limiting audits are a powerful tool to ensure that there are no discrepancies in Rhode Island’s election results,” said Robert Rapoza, Executive Director of the Board of Elections. “The completion of today’s risk limiting-audit and the finding of no discrepancies should give Rhode Island voters full faith in our state’s election system and the accuracy of 2022 General Election results. I want to thank our hard-working Board staff for completing this post-election audit in a transparent and timely fashion.”

Although Rhode Island’s voting system is tested thoroughly and publicly prior to each election, risk limiting audits provide an additional verification of the accuracy of the voting system after the election. Such verification relies heavily on paper ballots, which Rhode Island has utilized to record every vote cast in the state over the past two decades.

The risk limiting audit is designed to detect irregularities which may include intentional cyberattacks or something as simple as an unintentional printing or programming error that could change the reported election outcomes.

Full, certified election results are available at:

https://www.ri.gov/election/results/2022/general_election/

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