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President Trump denies the postal service funds to deal with influx of mail-in ballots, Butte Co. officials say votes are protected

President Trump denied the United States Postal Service $25 billion dollars in funds to deal with the influx of mail-in ballots, because of fears of voter fraud. Butte County locals and officials respond with how they're keeping your vote secure.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 12:05 AM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 6:04 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - President Donald Trump denied the United States Postal Service $25 billion in funds to deal with the influx of mail-in ballots, because of fears of voter fraud. Butte County locals and officials respond with how they're keeping your vote secure.

This is the first time California is sending mail-in ballots to every registered voter before the elections. When you vote mail-in, the ballots are never left to just one person. 

Butte County Clerk-Recorder, Candace J. Grubbs, said, "They're picked up by two people," she said, "Ballots are always handled by two people, they're brought in by two people. That's one of the ideas to having the two-person rule."

That rule is to reduce the amount of employee intervention.

"The ballots come back in their envelope, and they are all going through the equipment. All that information also goes to the secretary of state's office, we got the ballot and you can check right on our website you know, where's my ballot," said Grubbs. "As soon as we log it in, the vote cal system will know it's there."

This process brings peace of mind to some locals here in Butte County.

"I voted for over 20 years mail-in, I'm completely confident in it," said mail-in voter Bob Montano. "I feel good about it."

But as election night inches closer, it will take more people to help with all those ballots.

"We're just gonna need one or two more people to help us handle all those ballots coming back," said Grubbs.

Action News Now asked Butte County officials how they're going to deal with fewer funds after President Trump denied the post office aid, they said it will be much more difficult to hire more helping hands.

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