Article 3. Primary Elections: Contests Involving A Recount of California Elections Code >> Division 16. >> Chapter 7. >> Article 3.
If the number of votes that are sought to be recounted or
the number of contests are such that the judge in a county in which
there is but one superior court judge is of the opinion that it will
require additional judges to enable the contest or contests to be
determined in time to print the ballots for the election, he or she
may obtain the service of any other superior judge, and the
proceedings shall be the same as provided for a county in which there
is more than one superior court judge.
If the proceeding is in a county where there is more than
one superior court judge, the judge to whom the case is assigned
shall notify the presiding judge forthwith of the number of judges
which he or she deems necessary to participate in order to finish the
contest in time to print the ballots for the final election. The
presiding judge shall forthwith designate as many judges as are
necessary to completion of the contest, by order in writing and
thereupon all of the judges so designated shall participate in the
recount of the ballots and the giving of judgment in the contest in
the manner specified in this article.
The judges designated by the order to hear the contest,
including the judge to whom the contest was originally assigned,
shall convene upon notice from the judge to whom the contest was
originally assigned, and agree upon the precincts which each one of
them, sitting separately, will recount. Thereupon the recount shall
so proceed that each judge, sitting separately, shall respectively
determine the recount in those precincts which have been assigned to
him or her, so that the ballots opened before one judge need not be
opened before another judge or department.
The proceedings before every judge in making a recount of
the precincts assigned to him or her, as to the appointment of the
elections official and persons necessary to be assistants of the
court in making it, shall be the same as in contested elections.
Section 16503 applies to the recount.