Supes approve recall election results
Oct. 1, 2013 — The certified statement of results from the Sept. 10 recall election in district 5 were received and filed by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors.
The matter was brought to the board at its Tuesday, Sept. 24 meeting. The results show how many registered voters there are in the district, the voter turnout and the percentages of those who voted yes to recall former supervisor Jack Hanson and those who voted no. The results also show the percentage of people who voted yes for recall winner Tom Hammond and the number of write-in votes.
Supervisor Aaron Albaugh asked county clerk Julie Bustamante what the official canvass was.
She explained the official canvass is an audit of the votes.
“It’s four people who go through and hand count a certain number of the votes. They audit every precinct, the ballots that were delivered, the ballots that were returned, the ballots that were unused. They make sure every ballot is accounted for. Not only that, they certify that the AccuVote tape, the tape that prints out the results at the end of the night in the precincts matches exactly what’s on the computer that was printed in the office from the memory card. So, it’s like a thorough audit,” she said.
The four people who conduct the canvass include three poll workers and one office staff member.
According to Bustamante, the canvass starts the Thursday after the election and then goes until it is completed. The canvass is required after every election and some have gone until the following Tuesday after big elections.
The canvass, Bustamante said, helps the poll workers understand the process, too and why they have to fill out so much paperwork and do certain things on election night to account for all of the ballots.
The clerk’s office has 28 days to complete the canvass and certify the election results, according to Bustamante.
Eileen Spencer, executive secretary of Kan We Help and a Westwood resident, said Kan We Help sent the secretary of state a “very large complaint,” in how the election was handled and the “abuse of authority.”
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