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Elections Code - ELEC


  ( Heading of Division 19 amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 602, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 4. Elections Using Voting Machines [19300 - 19381]

  ( Chapter 4 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 2. Pre-election Procedures [19320 - 19323]
  ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )


Before preparing a voting machine for any general election, the elections official shall mail written notice to the chairperson of the county central committee of at least two of the principal political parties, stating the time and place where machines will be prepared. At the specified time one representative of each of the political parties shall be afforded an opportunity to see that the machines are in proper condition for use in the election.

The party representatives shall be sworn to perform faithfully their duties but shall not interfere with the officials or assume any of their duties. When a machine has been so examined by the representatives, it shall be sealed with a numbered metal seal. The representatives shall certify to the number of the machines, whether all of the counters are set at zero (000), and the number registered on the protective counter and on the seal.

(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2.)


The elections official shall affix ballot labels to the machines to correspond with the county voter information guide for the election. He or she shall employ competent persons to assist him or her in affixing the labels and in putting the machines in order. Each machine shall be tested to ascertain if it is operating properly.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 422, Sec. 82. (AB 2911) Effective January 1, 2017.)


When a voting machine has been properly prepared for an election, it shall be locked against voting and sealed. After that initial preparation, a member of the precinct board or some duly authorized person, other than the one preparing the machines, shall inspect each machine and submit a written report. The report shall note the following:

(1) Whether all of the registering counters are set at zero (000), (2) whether the machine is arranged in all respects in good order for the election, (3) whether the machine is locked, (4) the number on the protective counter, (5) the number on the seal. The keys shall be delivered to the election board together with a copy of the written report, made on the proper blanks, stating that the machine is in every way properly prepared for the election.

(Enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2.)


The elections official shall deliver to the polling place the supplies necessary to conduct the election, including two county voter information guides, one envelope containing the seal for sealing the machine after the polls are closed, one envelope for the return of the keys, and as many copies of the statement of votes cast as are necessary.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 422, Sec. 83. (AB 2911) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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