08 ncac 09 .0109             MANUAL HAND TO EYE RECOUNTS

Mandatory recounts, as set out in G.S. 163-182.7, by hand-eye optical scan/marksense/punchcard voting shall be conducted as follows: If a sample of the precincts of the voting units in question were recounted by hand-eye and produced results with that of the mandatory recount in those precincts such that one could reliably assume that any problems with scanning equipment was confined to those precincts in which there was a difference that could not be reconciled in the totals between the original count and the mandatory recount, then:

(1)           The mandatory recount by hand-eye initially shall occur in only 10 percent of the voting jurisdiction's precincts.

(2)           Those precincts shall include all those precincts in which a different total was produced by the machine-read count of ballots for the first count, including the outstacked/center bin, and the mandatory recount, as well as a sufficient number of additional precincts to constitute a total of at least 10 percent of the precincts of the voting jurisdiction.

(3)           However, in any event, at least five percent of the voting jurisdiction's precincts included in the sample shall have experienced the same count for machine-read ballots, including the outstacked/center bin, in the original count, and in the mandatory recount.

(4)           The precincts included in the sample which had the same machine-read count in the original and mandatory recount shall be chosen by random draw by lot from a container held by the Chair of the county board of elections, with all precincts which did not experience a difference in count by number being placed into the container, with the candidate whom appears to have been the loser after the mandatory recount drawing said lots.

(5)           If the hand-eye recount of those precincts which did not experience a difference in count from the original count and the mandatory recount results in a different total from that produced on the previous counts, in any precinct, then upon request of the apparent losing candidate, all precincts for that race shall be recounted by hand-eye.

(6)           After two machine count of votes (including the initial election or primary night count), any recount conducted in cases involving optical scan marksense and punchcard voting equipment shall be a manual hand-eye recount.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 163-22; 163-182.7;

Temporary Adoption Eff. April 15, 2002;

Eff. August 1, 2004.