Election officials understand that the voting process does not end on election night. A close contest can be part of an election as it is not uncommon for a handful of votes to determine the outcome of the election. A recount provides an opportunity for an election official to ensure that all the ballots cast are counted accurately and that the correct candidate or ballot issue wins. This chapter gives information on types of recounts according to state requirements, timelines for completion, training for and cost of a recount among other important issues.
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