District of Columbia

Status of Audit Legislation: 
D.C.'s audit legislation became effective February 4, 2010.

This information was updated September, 2013 using the District of Columbia Code (D.C. Code) and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR).

State Summary D.C.'s audit legislation was signed into law as part of the “Omnibus Election Reform Amendment Act of 2009,”and became effective in 2010. Audits are binding on official results and can lead to a full recount.

Sampling Method: 

Fixed percentage

After each election in which a precinct-level vote-tabulation machine is used, the Board of Elections and Ethics conducts a public manual (hand-count) audit of the paper ballots tabulated by at least 5% of the precincts during the election and 5% of the ballots tabulated centrally.


Does not have a trigger

Board of Elections and Ethics
Who Conducts the Audit?: 
The Board of Election and Ethics conducts audits for D.C.
Types of Voting Machines in Use: 
Mixed paper ballot and DREs with VVPAT
Races that are Audited: 
The precincts that are audited are selected randomly, but always include at least one District-wide contest and at least two ward-wide contests.
Voting Units that are Audited: 
Timeline for Audit: 

The only timing requirement for audits stated in the D.C. Code is that they be conducted after the election.

Completed Before Certification?: 

The audit is completed before certification.

Absentees, Provisionals and Early Voting: 
If the initial audit uncovers discrepancies, a second audit is to be conducted that includes absentee ballots. See Rule 812.16.
Do the results of the audit become the official tally?: 
Is the Audit Publicly Observable?: