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Canvass Activities

California Elections Code requires the Registrar of Voters (ROV) to perform a post-election canvass before certifying the final results. The ROV counts all remaining valid ballots and performs a series of mandated audits to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election.

By law, the activities undertaken during the official canvass include:
  • Processing and counting any valid Vote by Mail and provisional ballots not included in the semifinal official canvass reported election night.
    • For the March 2024 Primary Election there are over 7,000 ballots that were received on Election Day or the two days before Election Day.  Each of these ballots must be signature checked and verified before they can be counted.  
  • An inspection of all materials and supplies returned by Poll Workers.
  • A reconciliation of the number of signatures on the roster with the number of ballots recorded on the ballot statement.
  • A reconciliation of the number of ballots counted, spoiled, canceled, or invalidated due to identifying marks or overvotes with the number of votes counted, including Vote by Mail and provisional ballots.
  • Reproducing any damaged ballots.
  • Conducting a hand count of the ballots cast in one (1) percent of the precincts chosen at random by the elections official. All races and contests must be included in the hand count.
  • Report final results to the Secretary of State, as required.