One Percent Manual Tally for the April 10 Brisbane School District Special Election to begin April 13
The Public is welcome to observe Process audits and validates the vote count.

Archive Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Manager 

(Redwood City, CA) On Friday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m., the San Mateo County Elections Office will begin its one percent manual tally of the votes cast in the April 10 Brisbane School District Special Election.  The One Percent Manual Tally is a key procedure in the canvass of an election that takes place after Election Day.  This procedure is legally required under California law 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 28 days following an election.  This process ensures the accuracy of the vote before the official results are certified. 

“The manual tally substantiates the results and provides confirmation that the conduct of the election was proper.  It is one of the final steps in the accountability of an election,” said San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Mark Church.  “It’s the part of an election that gives election officials, citizens and interested parties full confidence in the final results.” 

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 is expected to take approximately 3 days to complete.  The Chief Elections Officer will certify and publish the official results after the process is finalized, no later than May 8, 2012.

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 pre-determined number that represents an active precinct number. 

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 that were manually tallied.

The One Percent Manual Tally will be held at the Elections Office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.  If you wish to observe or be a part of the process to select the precincts, call (650) 312-5365 and ask for Narda Barrientos, the Elections Supervisor.

After the official canvass is completed, election results will be certified and presented to the Brisbane School District by the Chief Elections Officer Mark Church.  The official certified results, known as the Statement of the Vote, will be published on the Elections website,

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