§ 820-2-4-.07. Random Sampling Formula For Verification Of Elections Petitions
(1) Signature verification. The following steps shall be followed when verifying signatures on an election petition:
(a) Determine the number of signatures to be sampled, as provided for in 820-2-4-.06(3).
(b) Draw the random sample of signatures, as provided for in 820-2-4-.06(2).
(c) Verify the signatures in the sample and determine the number of valid signatures in that sample.
(d) Divide the number of valid signatures in the sample by the total number of signatures in the sample. Compute as a percentage to two (2) decimal places.
(e) Multiply the raw count by the number computed in paragraph 820-2-4-.07(1)(d), above. Round up to nearest whole number.
(2) Withdrawn signatures. A person who has signed an election petition may withdraw his or her signature from the petition prior to the petition's being filed with the verifying authority. If the withdrawn signature is selected as part of the random sample, the signature is treated as a signature that is deemed not valid.
(3) Duplicate signatures.
(a) Divide the raw count by the sample size to determine the value of each signature. Compute to four (4) decimal places.
(b) To determine the weight to be assigned to each duplicate signature found in the sample, multiply the value of each signature computed in 820-2-4-.07(3)(a), above, times the value of each signature, as determined in 820-2-4-.07(3)(a), minus one.
(c) To determine the estimated number of duplicate signatures in the entire petition, multiply the number of duplicate signatures found in the random sample by the weight established in 820-2-4-.07(3)(b). Round up to the nearest whole number.
(4) Number of valid signatures based on the verification of a sampling of the signatures. To determine the estimated number of verified signatures on the petition based on the random sampling, subtract the estimated number of duplicate signatures (i.e., the value calculated in 820-2-4-.07(3)(c)) from the number of estimated valid signatures (i.e., the value calculated in 820-2-4-.07(1)(e)).
Authors: Edward P. Packard, Charles E. Grainger, Jr.(New Rule: Filed January 10, 2001; effective February 14, 2001.)
Formerly Rule 820-X-11-.07, as per certification Filed January 10, 2001; effective February 14, 2001.
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 17-7-1, 17-8-2.1; Attorney General Opinion Nos. 90-00223 and 99-00099.
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