Six Sigma and the Elections


Posted by: meikah | 30 November 2009 | 10:20 pm

Can you apply Six Sigma to election processes?

What happened at the King County Elections tells us that yes Six Sigma can work to ensure legitimate results in the elections.

The certified results feature another notable first in which election administrators can boast of achieving six sigma standards to benchmark discrepancies between the number of mail ballots received and the number of mail ballots tabulated. The county interprets this performance to mean no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. In 2009, it detected only two discrepancies from a total of 1,193,209 ballots received over the past year.

“This really is a testament to how much work has gone into streamlining our procedures and how accountable our process has become over the years,” said Sherril Huff, King County Elections Director. “It is such an accomplishment for the department to have met these standards as we prepare to continue to benchmark our successes with these standards in the years to come.”

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