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Butte County seeing increase in voters

With election day still two weeks away, Butte County officials say they are already seeing a higher number of voters this year compared to the 2016 presidential election.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 8:44 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Election Day is only 15 days away and Monday was the last day to register to vote.

Butte County officials say they are already seeing a higher number of voters this year compared to the 2016 presidential election.

Butte County Clerk Recorder Candace Grubbs says so far they have received more than 35,000 ballots, which is a big increase compared to the last presidential election.

"Usually there are groups of voters that vote early, and then it would kind of slack off, it is not slacking off now, we are getting high numbers of ballots every day, we got 3900 ballots this morning that would have been this weekend's mail and those are being processed now," said Grubbs.

A total of 375 ballots have been challenged. Letters have gone out to those people and the county is working to cure those ballots.
More than 2100 have been returned as undeliverable because many people have had to move because of the fires.

County officials say that voting by mail or using an official drop box is safe.

The boxes are under constant surveillance and tampering with them is punishable by law.

Grubbs says the post office is working closely with them to ensure ballots are returned in a timely manner.

If you miss the registration deadline, or run into any other issues, Grubbs says you can stop by the clerk recorder’s office in Oroville for help.

At this time you can vote by mail or take your ballots to an official drop box location in the county.

The county also plans to open up Voting Assistance Centers on October 31st. Those will be open through Election Day. For a list of locations, CLICK HERE.

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