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Election officials to randomly select precincts for hand count audit of ballots

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RALEIGH — After the Nov. 5 municipal elections, state election officials will randomly select a statistically significant number of precincts, early voting sites and by-mail ballots to be counted by hand in every county.


The random selection will take place at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Board Room at the State Board of Elections Office on the Third Floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

This “hand-eye” audit is required by statute and helps ensure the reliability of election results tabulated by machine.

The random selection process can also be viewed by the public via a webinar hosted here. The County Boards of Elections conduct the hand-eye counts.

The State Board of Elections office conducts a series of additional post-election audits and investigations, where necessary, to ensure the integrity of election results.