Several California counties have already begun or completed the one percent, public manual count of ballots to verify the accuracy of software vote counts. More information about this procedure is available on this page.
The California Voter Foundation staff has been contacting counties to find out the date and time of their manual counts. We've learned that several of the smaller counties have already completed the process (under California law the counties have four weeks after the election to finalize and certify their results). Sacramento and San Diego's manual counts are currently underway; dates for Napa, San Luis Obispo and Tulare are provided below.
The manual count process is open to the public, and I encourage anyone who is interested in voting technology security to witness this process. Some counties have told us they'd like to be notified in advance of public observers. Contact information for all the county election offices is available on this page.
When observing a manual count, there are some things to keep an eye out for, as described on this page.
Here's what we've learned so far from the counties:
Began the process on June 8, completed on June 9.
Completed June 12
Began on June 8th and completed on June 9th.
Completed June 9
Hope to conduct it on June 21 and 22.
Completed June 12
Began on June 9, contiuing until process is complete.
San Diego County
Began on June 12, continuing through June 20 or 21 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
San Luis Obispo County
Planning to hold the random selection of precincts on Friday at 9 a.m. and beginning manual tally at 10 a.m. on June 19. (Note: registrar suggests observers contact the office so badges can be prepared).
Began on June 12, for electronic ballots using voter-verified paper audit trails, and continuing through this week and perhaps into the next. Manual count of paper basentee ballots will begin on or around June 28.
Process is underway and continuing through Thursday.
(Note: the registrar says there is a sign posted at their office stating that they are conducting this tally and the public is welcome)
Anticipates beginning on June 15, at approximately 10 a.m.
Began on June 9, continuing most likely through the end of the week of June 12.
Beginning June 13
Expect to complete June 13
Beginning June 15
(Note: elections office asks to be notified if observers plan to attend)