Oct 31, 2014 7:37 PM
We are only days away from the November elections and Shasta County has been gearing up all week for the big day.
Volunteers at the voting registration office tallied the latest ballot numbers Friday morning, which are expected to multiply come election day.
All the measure proposals, forums and protests this year, now boil down to this.
"We have already started to process vote-by-mail ballots and we have folks coming in to pick up the supplies and ballots for all the polling places around the county...we'll be setting up and tabulating ballots on Monday."
So far, close to 22,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned -- there are about 100,000 registered voters around Shasta County.
"We are a couple of thousand ballots behind the 2010 election."
County Clerk Cathy Darling Allen is surprised at the turnout so far, but says voters could be waiting until Tuesday to come to the polls and vote in person.
"Historically, the highest day of return is election day, so we really won't know anything until after election day."
There are several hot-button issues that stirred up community reaction over the last few months:
Measure A, which would ban outdoor marijuana grows;
Measure B, which would allow for the construction of the Sheraton Hotel next to Turtle Bay;
and Measure F -- the quarter-cent sales tax that would strictly be used to fight Redding crime.
"The really compelling issues are local...people around the state are predicting really low turnout, but I don't think we're gonna see low turnout in Shasta County."
You still have time to get your ballot in -- the voting registration office will be open until 3 p.m. Saturday -- you can also drop off your ballot at any drop-box around Shasta County until 8 p.m. election night.