The process of requesting a recount of votes in an election in Katy, Texas is outlined in the Texas Election Code (the “Code”). This article summarizes the current law with respect to recounts and provides a comprehensive guide to the process. A recount is a procedure by which the ballots cast in an election are re-tabulated to verify the accuracy of the original results. It is usually done when there is a slim margin of victory, after allegations of electoral fraud, or because of the possibility of administrative errors.
Recounts can be done automatically or requested by a candidate or voter. The method used for a recount depends on the voting system used. For example, two states can use paper ballots, but one can count all the ballots by hand and another can enter all the ballots in an automatic tabulator. Unless otherwise indicated, the counting method applies to votes cast on the main, accessible voting equipment and not to the way absentee and provisional ballots are counted.
The election official responsible for choosing the counting method varies by state. Counts started by a narrow voting margin differ from counts that are requested by a candidate or voter (with a mandatory narrow voting margin). In the latter case, the voter or candidate must take steps to get the counting to begin, although the law limits their ability to request a recount to times when there is a slim voting margin. In the first case, election officials are legally required to begin the counting process, regardless of the actions of candidates or voters. The term “narrow voting margin” is also used more generally in recount guides when a small margin of votes comes into play for a recount (for example, a state may require that a different counting method be used if the election results fall within a specific narrow voting margin).
It's important to note that different methods are used from state to state to calculate voting margin. See the Closing the Voting Margin section of each state's profile for more information. The method of counting votes in an automatic recount is the same counting method used in the election that resulted in the tie. If the tie is not resolved by a withdrawal or by drawing lots, an automatic recount will be performed in accordance with Chapter 216 of the Texas Election Code before the second election is held. The deposit is based in part on the number of polling centers used on election day or voter registration precincts. In order to request an initial recount, 25 people must act together and provide their name, home address, voter registration number (if authorization to obtain a recount is based on eligibility to vote in elections) and county of registration (if the election covers more than one county).
According to the National Academy of Sciences, a voter-verified paper audit trail consists of physical paper records of voter ballots as voters have cast them in an electronic voting system. For automatic counts in the event of a tie, the counting method is identical to that used in elections, resulting in a combination of counting, retabulation and electronic review in several electoral districts. Any candidate or voter who qualifies to request an initial recount can request a supplementary recount in this case. The Secretary of State certifies that counting errors affecting the election occurred in one or more polling stations where ballots were used, as provided for in Section 212.034; or (the total number of votes received for and against the measure is less than 1000, as shown by election records). The recovery must take place in presence of president of count and other authorized persons and record keeper must record recovery in electoral records. For additional information about recounts in Texas, see Procedures for Requesting and Conducting a Recount provided by Office of Texas Secretary of State. This search field describes various methods and equipment that voters use to cast their ballots in each state.
This search field indicates whether state law (including administrative rules and codes, in addition to state statutes) provides any guidance and who has authority to establish definitions of voter intent. The electoral records show that candidate is entitled to place in second round or tied for nomination, election or right to place in second round; (the Secretary of State certifies that counting errors affecting election occurred in one or more electoral districts where ballots were used as provided Section 212.034); or (total number votes received by all candidates for office less than 1000) as demonstrated by results elections. While some states provide definitions and guidance on how voter intent is determined by law, others use statutes to delegate authority to office such as Secretary of State or State Board Elections; other states do not delegate authority or provide guidance (whether general or detailed) on how voter intent should be determined. If guardian electoral records determines that electoral records were placed locked polls mistake (e.