The auditor can go from this listing to the field notes, audio and video recordings, and other files associated with the inquiry to reconstruct how the study was conducted, how conclusions were reached, and to make the dependability and confirmability judgments described earlier.
An example of an audit trail index (the actual audit trail was 54 pages long) is included in an appendix to Marné’s study in Appendix B of this book.
The method works by displaying a paper vote record under glass or clear plastic after the voter indicates their vote(s).
The voter is instructed to verify that the paper record correctly indicates their vote.
The notion of audit trails was introduced in Chapter Three and the need for audit trails was emphasized earlier in this chapter.