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Risk Limiting & 1% Manual Hand Tally Audit

It is anticipated that Inyo County will be doing a risk limiting audit of seven contests contained wholly within Inyo County, and a manual 1% hand tally on the remainder contests.

The risk-limiting audit (RLA) is a procedure that provides strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct, or has a high probability of correcting an outcome that wouldn’t match a full hand count of the ballots. The audit itself requires human beings to examine and verify more ballots in close contests and fewer ballots in contests with wider margins.

In California, when a risk-limiting audit is used, it must confirm that the election results reported by the voting system are 95% likely to be accurate. Unlike the post-election 1% manual tally traditionally used to confirm election results in California, under a risk-limiting audit every ballot cast in the election—regardless of which precinct it was cast in—has an equal chance of being audited.

The Inyo County Elections office uses a combination of permanent full-time staff, along with citizen volunteers, to conduct all audits. The audit board shall locate, retrieve, or observe the location and retrieval of each randomly selected ballot from the appropriate storage container and the audit board shall verify the seals on the appropriate storage containers. No less than two audit board members and one observer will be present with the ballots during the process to ensure the security, confidentiality, chain of custody and integrity of any ballots. Audit board members take oaths to follow all laws and procedures to support the audit.

For the RLA portion of the audit, a random seed will be generated by rolling a 10 sided die, which will then be used to determine which ballots will be selected for the audit. The audit board will examine each randomly selected ballot and interpret the voter markings. After each voter intent determination is made, the audit board will enter the information into the software tool supplied by the California Secretary of State. The audit will continue until the risk limit is met.

For the 1% manual tally audit, slips of paper will be drawn out of a container to determine which precincts will be hand tallied. The audit board will consist of four people. One audit board member will call out the vote, a second will observe that the correct vote is called, and the two additional members of the audit board will hand tally the results. The audit will continue until all randomly selected precincts have been hand tallied.

Voter intent will be determined by unanimous agreement of the entire audit board and if the audit board cannot agree on intent, the elections official will arbitrate the issue following the guidelines outlined in California Code of Regulations 20123, et. seq.

All required data will be published on this section of the website prior to commencement of the audit, beginning with the random seed and select of the random 1% hand tally precincts at 8:30 am on November 24, 2020 at the Independence Courthouse located at 168 N. Edwards St. Independence, CA 93526, immediately followed by the retrieval of ballots and the audit itself.

All parts of the process are open to public observation. Observers, will be asked to follow all public health & safety guidelines and maintain at least 6 foot distance from others. A projector will be used so that the ballots are clearly visible to all present.

Contests that will be audited with a Risk Limiting Audit:

The RLA was completed on November 24 at 4:30 pm in one round, with zero discrepancies.


Full audit report

Ballot Manifest

Semi-Final 9th Results Report

Chain of Custody Logs

Ballot Contest/Ballot Style key

Ballot Type/Voting Precinct/Regular Precinct key

Cast Vote Records Hash:
% shasum -b -a 256 MANIFEST.json
b4c1ecf91d35f01042e7164ba426a28edd026fe1bb23f7747c6a688425843a7d *MANIFEST.json



Contests that were subject to the RLA:

Governing Board Member Big Pine Unified School 
Governing Board Member Lone Pine Unified School
County Supervisor, 4th District 
Bishop City Treasurer 
Big Pine Fire Protection District 
Director, Zone 1 Northern Inyo Healthcare District
Measure P – The Bishop Community Safety And Essential Services Measure 

Contests that we will be audited with a traditional 1% hand tally of the precincts:

Semi-Official Results – 9th Report, with results by precinct

Randomly selected precincts

Precincts randomly selected for the 1% hand tally are posted below.

President  and Vice President – 112
U.S. Representative 8th District – 112
Member of the Assembly 26th District – 112
Governing Board Member Bishop Unified School – 112
Lone Pine Fire Protection District -117
Bishop City Council -106
Propositions 14 – 25 – 112


Press Release regarding the post election audit, to be conducted on November 24, 2020 and November 25, 2020.

California Secretary of State Risk Limiting Audit Emergency Regulations

Chain of Custody Procedures

September 20, 2020

Election Observer Invitation

September 4, 2020

Inyo County Elections in the Sierra Wave

September 3, 2020

Filling the Technology Gap

August 29, 2020

Inyo County Elections in the Inyo Register

August 27, 2020

Notice of Vote by Mail Drop Box Locations

August 26, 2020

Inyo County Elections Announces New Website & Social Media Resources

August 11, 2020

Inyo County Elections in Rolling Stone