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