This information was updated in October, 2014.
Signed into law in 1965, the audit law in California calls for every contest and ballot issue on the ballot to be audited by means of a hand count of 1% of the precincts in each jurisdiction.There is no statutory guidance for expanding the audit or binding audit results on official results.
The Secretary of State’s Office conducted a pilot program from 2011 to 2013 to develop and test post-election risk-limiting audit methods in California. Read more about the program here.
One percent of randomly selected precincts or one precinct in each county, whichever is greater.
The official conducting the audit shall write a report describing any discrepancies. No further audit is required.