What we need to know about LB808
LB808 secures the rightful power of election audits back to the county level. When passed, this bill allows for a hand count and a hand recount forensic audit of any contested election in designated counties. A hand count is defined, in part, as "count or recount of ballots by hand, without the assistance of any electronic device or equipment, including, but not limited to, scanners. A hand count shall include only the actual voted paper ballots, physically marked by the actual voter, and not the voter's choices reproduced via any electronic device or equipment..."
LB808 returns audit authority to local officials. It also removes the requirement that recounts be done only by the original manner of counting.