Sec. 20111 - Definitions

ยง 20111. Definitions

NOTE: See Executive Order N-34-20 (2019 CA EO 34-20), issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which extends certain deadlines relating to the presidential primary and special general elections.

As used in this Chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) "Ballot" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 15366(a). A validly cast ballot is any ballot that is eligible to be counted in the canvass of an election, as specified in Division 15, Chapters 2 through 4 of the Elections Code.

(b) "Ballot card" means a card upon which is printed, or identified by reference to the ballot, the names of candidates for nomination or election to one or more offices or the ballot titles of one or more measures. A ballot may be comprised of multiple ballot cards.

(c) "Ballot-level comparison audit" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 15366(b).

(d) "Ballot manifest" means a detailed description of how the ballots are stored and organized, listing the unique physical location of each and every ballot card cast in the election in such a way that individual ballot cards or batches of ballot cards can be found, retrieved, and examined manually.

(e) "Ballot-polling audit" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 15366(c).

(f) "Cast vote record" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 15366(d). The cast vote record shall be generated by the voting system.

(g) "Elections official" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 320.

(h) "Electoral outcome" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 15366(e).

(i) "Public notice" means the release of information to the public through one or more of the following readily available communication channels: a website update, a social media post, an email list mailing, a press release, and a notice posted at an office open to the public.

(j) "Random seed" means a number consisting of at least 20 digits that is used to generate a random number sequence to select ballot cards for audit.

(k) "Risk-limiting audit" or "RLA" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 15366(f).

(l) "Risk-limiting audit software tool" or "RLA software tool" means software that can perform any of the audit types described in Section 20112. Pursuant to Elections Code section 15367(b)(2)(E), the algorithms and source code of the RLA software tool shall be disclosed to the public. The SOS shall affect this disclosure by posting the source code, or a link to the source code hosted on another publicly available website, on its website.

(m) "Voting system" shall have the meaning set forth in Elections Code section 362.

(1. New section filed 3-5-2020; operative 3-5-2020 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2020, No. 10). 2. Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-34-20 (2019 CA EO 34-20), dated March 20, 2020, which extended certain deadlines relating to the presidential primary and special general elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 3. Repealer of subsections (g) and (j), subsection relettering and amendment of newly designated subsections (h) and (k) filed 9-10-2020 as an emergency; operative 9-10-2020. Emergency expiration extended 60 days (Executive Order N-40-20) plus an additional 60 days (Executive Order N-66-20) (Register 2020, No. 37). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 7-9-2021 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.)

Note: Authority cited: Section 12172.5, Government Code; and Section 15367, Elections Code. Reference: Sections 320, 362, 15302 and 15366, Elections Code.

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