Butte and Shasta county election offices seeing slow returns on recall ballots

We're less than two weeks away from the recall election and Action News Now is checking in to see how many people have already voted locally.

Posted: Sep 3, 2021 7:59 AM
Updated: Sep 3, 2021 9:48 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - We're less than two weeks away from the recall election and Action News Now is checking in to see how many people have already voted locally.

The Butte County Clerk-Recorder says there are still about 70,000 people who haven't voted yet. It's a similar situation in Shasta County.

About 31,000 people have turned in their ballots in Butte County and some 21,000 in Shasta County.

Both counties initially sent out more than 100,000 ballots to registered voters.

Action News Now spoke to a few voters in Butte County who already sent in their ballot. We asked them why they're voting for or against the recall.

RELATED: California recall voters so far largely Democratic and older

"He imposes rules and doesn't follow himself. Says he did the fire protection and from what I understand he has not done what he claimed he had done," said Michael Hannah, a man voting to recall Gov. Newsom.

"I find that it's a bit unnecessary to be recalling the governor at this time. we should be focusing on putting our efforts forward," said Kyle Vasser, a man voting against the recall.

Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs says special elections typically don't get as much turnout as the general election does.

While Shasta County says it's expecting a high turnout.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Sept. 14 or hand-delivered by 8 p.m. that day, according to the Secretary of State's office. 

Action News Now also reached out to Glenn and Tehama counties about their ballot returns.

So far Glenn has received 2,600 ballots while Tehama has received 7,100 ballots.

Modoc and Trinity counties have not gotten back to us.

For those voting in Butte County, Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs, also has some good advice on how you can make sure your vote is counted. 

RELATED: Experts call for rigorous audit to protect California recall

You have either already received your ballot or will soon, along with a return envelope and an information packet.

Make sure you sign your name on the return envelope. Grubbs says your name will still be hidden under that flap.

But one thing the county does not want you to do.

"Do not sign your ballot, because that invalidates it" Grubbs explained. "Do not tear off the top of stub. Don't deface the ballot. I know other counties might have a stub on their ballot. We do not."

Grubbs says if you have still not received your ballot you have until Sept. 7 to call the elections office and request one.

Right now 376 people in Butte County have either not signed their return envelope or their signatures didn't match and they have been notified too.

You can also track where your ballot is here.

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