One Percent Manual Tally for the November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election to Begin November 19
The Public is Welcome to Observe, Process Audits and Validate the Vote Count

Archive Press Release

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

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Division Manager

(Redwood City, CA) At 9:00 a.m. on November 19, 2014, the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will begin the One Percent Manual Tally of the votes cast in the November 4, 2014 Statewide General 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 is necessary in verifying the accuracy and validity of the votes counted,” said San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Mark Church. “It is also important in instilling confidence amongst voters that each ballot was properly recorded,” he added.  

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 5 days to complete. The Chief Elections Officer will certify and publish the official results after the process is finalized and no later than December 2, 2014. The official certified results, known as the Statement of the Vote, will be published on the Registration & Elections Division website,

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 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.

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