FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2015
Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Phone: 650.363.4988 | Fax: 650.363.1903 | Email: email@example.com
Alternate: David Tom, Elections Division Manager
Phone: 650.312.5222 | Fax: 650.312.5348 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One Percent Manual Tally for the November 3, 2015
Consolidated Municipal, School, and Special District All-Mailed Ballot Election to Begin November 16
The Public is Welcome to Observe, Process Audits and Validate the Vote Count
(Redwood City, CA) At 8:30 a.m. on November 16, 2015, the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will begin the One Percent Manual Tally of the votes cast in the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Municipal, School, and Special District All-Mailed Ballot Election. The legally required One Percent Manual Tally is a key procedure in the canvass of an election and takes place during the Official Canvass of the Vote. The Official Canvass begins once the polls have closed on Election Day and must be finished within 30 days following an election. This process ensures the accuracy of the vote before the official results are certified.
“The manual tally is one of the final steps in the accountability of an election. The purpose of the manual tally is to verify the accuracy of the automated count and provide confirmation that the conduct of the election was proper,” said San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Mark Church. “Most importantly, the manual tally is the part of the election process that helps instill voter confidence.”
Official election results will not be certified until the canvass is completed and the votes of each of the contests on the ballot are upheld by the validations from the One Percent Manual Tally. This process takes approximately 3 days to complete, after which the Chief Elections Officer will certify and publish the official results no later than December 3, 2015. The official certified results, known as the Statement of the Vote, will be published on the Registration & Elections Division website, www.shapethefuture.org.
In order to begin the conduct of the One Percent Manual Tally, precincts are selected for manual tally by using a random process that involves throwing three ten-sided dice where the resulting three numbers are matched to a precinct number. The number of precincts that will be subject to a manual tally is not a simple matter of choosing one percent. The precincts are chosen to include every contest on the ballot, which will result in more than one percent of the total number of precincts in the election.
The One Percent Manual Tally, including the rolling of the dice, is a completely transparent process that the public is welcome to observe. Past observers have rolled the dice to help select the precincts.
To conduct the One Percent Manual Tally, election officials will work in teams of four, called a precinct board, to manually read, call out, record, and tally votes.
The One Percent Manual Tally will be held at the Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo. Please call 650.312.5222 if you wish to observe or be a part of the process in selecting precincts.