Status of Audit Legislation: 
Signed into law 1965

This information was updated in October, 2014.


State Summary


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.

Sampling Method: 

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.

Secretary of State
Who Conducts the Audit?: 
Local Election officials
Location of Random Selection: 
Types of Voting Machines in Use: 
The state is in transition right now. For more detailed information, see Verified Voting's website:
Races that are Audited: 
Entire ballot
Voting Units that are Audited: 
Absentees, Provisionals and Early Voting: 
Audit includes "vote by mail" ballots, but the law is not specific.
Is the Audit Publicly Observable?: