Article 1. Contest Procedures At General Elections of California Elections Code >> Division 16. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 1.
Within five days after the end of the time allowed for
filing statements of contest, the clerk of the superior court shall
notify the superior court of the county of all statements filed. The
presiding judge shall forthwith designate the time and place of
hearing, which time shall be not less than 10 nor more than 20 days
from the date of the order.
The clerk of the superior court shall thereupon issue a
citation for the defendant to appear at the time and place specified
in the order, which citation shall be delivered to the sheriff and
served upon the party at least five days before the time so
specified, by either of the following methods:
(b) If the party cannot be found, by leaving a copy at the house
where he or she last resided.
The clerk of the superior court shall issue subpoenas for
witnesses at the request of any party, which shall be served as other
subpoenas. The superior court may issue attachments to compel the
attendance of witnesses who have been subpoenaed to attend.
The contestant shall, in the first instance, be liable for
the expenses involved in making any recount. He or she shall pay into
court in advance each day a sum that the judge finds sufficient to
pay all recount expenses that will have accrued by the end of that
day. The sums paid shall be part of the costs. The elections official
may pay each day the clerical assistants necessary for the recount
from the amount advanced by the contestant without the necessity of
the funds being first deposited with the county treasurer.