Article 4. Procedures At The Polls of California Elections Code >> Division 19. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 4.
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
Each member of the precinct board shall then carefully examine the
counters to see that each registers zero (000). If the machine is
provided with embossing, printing, or photography devices that record
the readings of the counters the board shall, instead of opening the
counter compartment, cause a "before election proofsheet" to be
produced and determined by it that all counters register zero (000).
If any discrepancy is found in the numbers registered on the
counters or the "before election proofsheet" the precinct board shall
make, sign, and post a written statement attesting to this fact. In
filling out the statement of return of votes cast, the precinct board
shall subtract any number shown on the counter from the number shown
on the counter at the close of the polls.
The keys to the voting machines shall be delivered to the
precinct board no later than 12 hours before the opening of the
polls. They shall be in an envelope upon which is written the
designation and location of the election precinct, the number of the
voting machine, the number on the seal, and the number registered on
the protective counter. The precinct board member receiving the key
shall sign a receipt.
The envelope shall not be opened until at least two members of the
precinct board are present to determine that the envelope has not
At the close of the polls the keys shall be placed in the envelope
supplied by the official and the number of the machine, the number
of the seal, the number registered on the protective counter, shall
be written on the envelope.
The exterior of the voting machine and every part of the
polling place shall be in plain view of the election precinct board
and the poll watchers. The ballot labels shall be clearly visible
when the machine is not in use and shall be inspected by a member of
the precinct board after each voter has left the booth. Each machine
shall be at least four feet from the poll clerk's table.