Random Drawing for the One Percent Manual Tally for the Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election to Begin November 7, 2019
Public is Welcome to Observe the Audit Process

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Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019, the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division will randomly select the voting precincts to be included in the One Percent Manual Tally for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election.

The One Percent Manual Tally is a legally required election canvassing procedure that takes place after the polls have closed on Election Day. The One Percent Manual Tally ensures the accuracy of the vote before the official results are certified.

The procedure begins with the randomized selection of precincts for manual tally. Selection is determined through a random process that involves throwing three ten-sided dice and matching the resulting three numbers to a corresponding precinct number. For each contest not included in the One Percent Manual Tally, an additional voting precinct with that contest will be tallied.

The One Percent Manual Tally, including the rolling of the dice, is a completely transparent process that the public is encouraged to observe. Past observers have rolled the dice to help select the precincts.

The manual tally for the precincts randomly selected will begin on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Election officials will work in teams of four, called a “precinct board,” to manually read, call out, record, and tally votes.

This process will take approximately two days to complete. The Chief Elections Officer will then certify and publish the official results no later than December 5, 2019. The official certified results, known as the Statement of the Vote, will be published on www.smcacre.org.

The Random Drawing for 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 the manual tally or be a part of the process in selecting precincts or follow @smcvote on Twitter for updates.

All-Mailed Ballot – Vote Center Election Model for November 5, 2019

The November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election will be the third election San Mateo County conducts under the California Voter’s Choice Act model.  Traditional polling places have been replaced by Vote Centers, which will be open for voting for a greater period, and which will offer expanded voter services including voter registration, multilingual assistance, and disabled access voting options.  Every registered voter, in a jurisdiction holding an election, will receive a Vote by Mail Ballot, which can be returned with no postage required in any mailbox or ballot drop box located throughout the county.

For more information on the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, please call 650.312.5222, visit www.smcacre.org or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @smcvote.