Florida

Notes: 

This information was updated in September 2013.

State Summary Signed into law in 2007, Florida's audit law is not binding on official results, does not lead to a full recount, and audits only one randomly-selected election contest, selected separately in each county. No contest with boundaries greater than a county-wide contest can be effectively audited.

In 2013 the audit law was amended to provide, in addition to a manual audit, the option of an “automated independent audit.”  No system has yet been approved for this option.  In addition, “rules for approval of an independent audit system” must be adopted.  This rulemaking process will not be completed until sometime in 2014.  Until it is completed, we are unable to describe the  “automated independent audit.”   We will monitor these developments.

All of Florida's audit provisions can be found in Title IX, Chapter 101, Section 101.591, “Voting system audit”: http://tinyurl.com/27vt7ve . All citations below are to this section.

Sampling Method: 

Fixed percentage The audit must be conducted in at least 1% but not more than 2% of precincts.

Trigger: 

Does not have a trigger

Oversight: 
Chief State Election Official Audit results are reported to the Department of State.
Who Conducts the Audit?: 
The audit is conducted by the county canvassing board or local board.
Location of Random Selection: 
County
Types of Voting Machines in Use: 
Mixed paper ballot and DREs without VVPAT
Races that are Audited: 
Select races or issues One randomly selected race in multiple randomly selected precincts is audited.
Voting Units that are Audited: 
Precincts
Timeline for Audit: 

The audit must be completed within 7 days after the election.

Completed Before Certification?: 

The audit is completed after certification.

Absentees, Provisionals and Early Voting: 
Included in audit
Recounts: 
Yes
Do the results of the audit become the official tally?: 
No
Is the Audit Publicly Observable?: 
Yes