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Detecting Election Fraud

odd-frame.jpgThanks to my lovely spouse, I came across a series of fascinating papers by Walter R. Mebane, Jr. a professor of Government at Cornell. These papers use statistics, specifically Benford’s Law, to detect election fraud. Now I know statisticians, and I am no statistician (and boy howdy is my higher level math rusty), but the papers were still relatively easy to read and follow. Dr Mebane’s most recent paper, Election Forensics: The Second-digit Benford’s Law Test and Recent American Presidential Elections, was written for the Election Fraud Conference, which was held last week out in Salt Lake City, Utah. I haven’t had a chance to read through any of the other papers yet, but I’m sure they are equally interesting.

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