1. State Election Canvassing Timeframes and Recount Thresholds

    The following chart provides an overview of the state canvassing timeframes and recount thresholds in each state. State laws vary on the specific procedures for canvassing election results. In general, local officials (often a county canvassing board) meet within a specified timeframe to canvass and certify election results from precincts within the jurisdiction. Results for […]

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  2. Audits and Recounts

    While Election Day marks the end of voters casting ballots, state and local election officials still have a long to-do list to go through after the election. These include the many states that conduct post-election audits of voting systems as well as recounts that may occur in close races.

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  3. Recounts: From Punch Cards to Paper Trails (October 2005)

    In this 12th election reform Briefing, electionline.org examines the rules in each state governing recounts, with a particular focus on the impact of voter- verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs), absentee and provisional ballots. As with most election issues, federalism has produced a variety of rules governing the same process.

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