After the certification of all elections, the local canvassing board is required to immediately conduct a manual audit of the voting systems for one randomly selected race in at least 1% but no more than 2% of randomly selected precincts. The manual audit must occur in public. The manual audit is not required if a recount of over/undervotes has already occurred in any given race. See F.S. 101.591.
The local canvassing board must report the results of the audit to the Secretary of State. The report must address:
- The overall accuracy of the audit;
- A description of any problems or discrepancies encountered;
- The likely cause of such problems or discrepancies; and
- Recommended corrective action with respect to avoiding or mitigating the problems or discrepancies in the future.
The results of the audit have no legal effect on the outcome or certification of the election, although the results likely could be used as evidence in an election challenge or contest suit. Read how the limited nature of these audits have raised concerns.