Lurking within the numbers that recorded Barack Obama’s election victory are some numbers that cannot be true. And while the errors are of nowhere near the magnitude to call Obama’s victory into question, they are substantial enough to continue to challenge the accuracy of optical scanners and electronic tabulators. We need a fair, accurate, and verifiable count, especially because, in every election, there are some contests that are very close, and even relatively small discrepancies, whether accidental or intentional, could reverse the outcomes of those elections.