This information was updated in April 2014 using a version of the North Carolina General Statutes that reflected changes made by the 2013 legislative session. References to the statutes are preceded by “NCGS” and followed by the applicable section numbers.
Signed into law in 2005, North Carolina's audit law requires that only one election contest per election be audited. It is one of only a handful of states that requires that the size of the audit sample be chosen in consultation with a statistician to ensure that the sample is statistically significant for the given election. The audit results are binding upon the official election results and may lead to a full manual recount.
Unless otherwise noted, all information below comes from the NCGS 163-182.1(b)(1).
One or more full precincts, full counts of mailed absentee ballots, full counts of one or more one‑stop early voting sites, or a combination, per county. The size of the sample of each category shall be chosen to produce a statistically significant result and shall be chosen after consultation with a statistician.
If the discrepancy between the hand‑to‑eye count and the mechanical or electronic count is significant, a complete hand‑to‑eye count shall be conducted.
The random selection of precincts for any county shall be done publicly after the initial count of election returns for that county is publicly released or 24 hours after the polls close on election day, whichever is earlier.