Sec. 20124 - Public Observation and Verification of Audit
§ 20124. Public Observation and Verification of Audit
(a) The elections official shall ensure that the audit process is observable and verifiable to the public. The elections official shall:
(1) Provide at least five days public notice prior to the first phase of the RLA. This notice shall include the time and place of the random seed generation described in section 20120 and the date the ballot cards will be retrieved and manually examined.
(2) Describe in writing the process of manually examining ballot cards and the selection of the ballots to be used in the audit.
(3) Provide observers with an oral and/or written explanation of the RLA process, a written code of conduct for observation, and any documentation they will need for informed and effective observation.
(A) The code of conduct for observation shall be determined by the elections official. The code of conduct for observation shall explain the rights and responsibilities of observers.
(B) Documentation needed for informed and effective observation shall include but not be limited to any data the audit relies upon, including the ballot manifest and the cast vote records for ballot-level comparison audits.
(4) Disclose the methods used to select samples and to calculate the risk.
(5) Provide the public the opportunity to observe ballot cards being retrieved and examined during the audit.
(6) Provide the public the opportunity to observe the voters' marks on every audited ballot card during the audit.
(b) Observers can ask questions of the audit board, as long as they do not interfere with the conduct of the audit procedures.(1. New section filed 3-5-2020; operative 3-5-2020 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2020, No. 10).)
Note: Authority cited: Section 12172.5, Government Code; and Section 15367, Elections Code.
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