Arlo the auditing tool may play a key role in securing next year's elections. The open source tool, created by VotingWorks in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and departments from a number of states, is intended to provide an easy way to perform the calculations needed for the audit: determine how many ballots to audit, randomly select which ballots will be audited, compare audited votes to tabulated votes, and tell officials when the audit is complete.
Arlo will be provided at no cost to state and local election officials across the country. It will also be made available at no cost to private-sector election contractors. Arlo is designed to work with many different post-election audit procedures that can be used on systems and equipment from all major election technology vendors.
The first version of Arlo has already been released to pilot projects, including several election audits from this month's elections. Current partners include election officials in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, Ohio, and Georgia, with more scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.
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