California uniform vote counting standards

I received an interesting document recently, a document from California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, titled “Uniform Vote Counting Standards” (dated March 23, 2006). The introduction summarizes the contents well:

Pursuant to Section 301 (a)(6) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, the Secretary of State has developed these standards to define the circumstances under which “marking” of a ballot constitutes a vote and when a vote will or will not count for each category of voting system certified and in use in California.

A useful reference, for those interested in what the standards are in California for vote counting.