Post-election audits must be completed prior to finalizing official election results and must either verify the outcome or, through a 100% recount, correct the outcome.
a. The audit procedures and timing must be integrated with recount law. For each contest, an audit unit normally should be counted only once, even if it is included in both an audit and a recount. If there are unexplained discrepancies in the vote count, a manual count may need to be repeated to reduce the likelihood of a counting error.