Binding on Official Outcomes

Audits, including any full hand counts that result, must be completed in time to change official outcomes if hand counts so indicate.

Best Practices

  1. Because audits can lead to 100% hand counts, audit and recount provisions should be appropriately harmonized.
  2. The election calendar may have to be adjusted to provide time to complete the audit before results are finalized.

(Adapted from Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Tabulation Audits, 2018)