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California Laws | Election Code
DIVISION 19. APPROVAL OF VOTING SYSTEMS
CHAPTER 3. APPROVAL OF VOTING SYSTEMS

(b) The results of the parallel monitoring shall be made available prior to the certification of the election. (6129)

CHAPTER 4. ELECTIONS USING VOTING MACHINES (6130)(Text)

Article 1. General Provisions (19300-19304) (6131)(Text)

19300. A voting machine shall, except at a direct primary election or any election at which a candidate for voter-nominated office is to appear on the ballot, permit the voter to vote for all the candidates of one party or in part for the candidates of one party and in part for the candidates of one or more other parties. (6132)

19301. (a) A voting machine shall provide in the general election for grouping under the name of the office to be voted on, all the candidates for the office with the designation of the parties, if any, by which they were respectively nominated or which they designated pursuant to Section 8002.5. (6133)

(b) With respect to party-nominated offices, the designation may be by usual or reasonable abbreviation of party names. With respect to voter-nominated offices, the voting machine shall conform to the format specified in subdivision (b) of Section 13105. (6134)

19302. The labels on voting machines and the way in which candidates' names are grouped shall conform as nearly as possible to the form of ballot provided for in elections where voting machines are not used. (6135)

19303. If the voting machine is so constructed that a voter can cast a vote in part for presidential electors of one party and in part for those of one or more other parties or those not nominated by any party, it may also be provided with: (a) one device for each party for voting for all the presidential electors of that party by one operation, (b) a ballot label therefor containing only the words "presidential electors" preceded by the name of the party and followed by the names of its candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, and (c) a registering device therefor which shall register the vote cast for the electors when thus voted collectively. (6136)

If a voting machine is so constructed that a voter can cast a vote in part for delegates to a national party convention of one party and in part for those of one or more other parties or those not nominated by any party, it may be provided with one device for each party for voting by one operation for each group of candidates to national conventions that may be voted for as a group according to the law governing presidential primaries. (6137)

No straight party voting device shall be used except for delegates to a national convention or for presidential electors. (6138)

19304. A write-in ballot shall be cast in its appropriate place on the machine, or it shall be void and not counted. (6139)

Article 2. Pre-election Procedures (19320-19323) (6140)(Text)

19320. 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. (6141)

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. (6142)

19321. The elections official shall affix ballot labels to the machines to correspond with the sample ballot 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 whether it is operating properly. (6143)

19322. 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: (6144)

(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. (6145)

19323. The elections official shall deliver to the polling place the supplies necessary to conduct the election, including two sample ballots, 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. (6146)

Article 3. Precincts and Board Members (19340-19341) (6147)(Text)

19340. Any member of a precinct board who has not previously attended a training class in the use of the voting machines and the duties of a board member shall be required to do so, unless appointed to fill an emergency vacancy. (6148)

19341. The precinct board shall consist of one inspector and two judges who shall be appointed and compensated pursuant to the general election laws. One additional inspector or judge shall be appointed for each additional voting machine used in the polling place. (6149)

Article 4. Procedures at the Polls (19360-19363) (6150)(Text)

19360. Before unsealing the envelope containing the keys and opening the doors concealing the counters the precinct board shall determine that the number on the seal on the machine and the number registered on the protective counter correspond to the numbers on the envelope. (6151)

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