SALEM - On Nov. 5, the Oregon Secretary of State's Office will implement a new law requiring post-election hand-counts of randomly selected races and precincts in each of the state's 36 counties, the Secretary of State's Office said Friday. The idea is to verify the accuracy of machines used to tally ballots.
At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Secretary of State's Hand-count Advisory Committee will randomly draw precincts and races it will count from a rolling drum. By 5 p.m., the Secretary of State must inform each county clerk which races in his or her county need to be hand-counted. Counties are required to count at least 3 percent and no more than 10 percent of the precincts involving at least three races. Clerks will conduct the counts after they certify election results with the state, which must be done by Nov. 24.