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Tehama County working to correct ballot printing error

Tehama County experienced a problem with its tabulator as it began counting mail-in-ballots.

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 10:52 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - People headed out to the polls today to cast their votes in the Recall Election but a printing error in Tehama County is causing some mail-in-ballots to not be read correctly.

Vote-by-mail ballots usually begin to be counted the Monday before Election Day. This year the county decided to start counting the ballots on Friday which is when they found the error in the tabulator.

People should not be concerned that their vote by mail isn’t going to be counted, according to Tehama County Clerk and Registrar Jennifer Vise.

Tehama County is now using a four-person board to duplicate mail-in-ballots that the tabulator failed to read.

“The vote-by-mail is numbered with a serialized number and then that matches the duplicate or blank ballot. Then one person marks the blank ballot, one person calls or reads the vote-by-mail ballot, one person observes the person that is reading the ballot and one person observes the person who is marking the ballot,” Vise said.

Tehama County has a total of 33 precincts. Of these 33, only six or seven precincts were not impacted by the unreadable vote by mail ballots.

Vise said she could not give the name of those precincts at this time.

“At this point in time, I don’t want to cause any additional alarm or concern. Any ballot that comes in is being duplicated and handled that make sure it gets read by our tabulators in our office,” Vise said.

Those who voted in person today that support the recall say they are tired of Newsom’s handling of the pandemic and wildfires.
“Their oath of office is not necessary to keep us safe but to protect our liberties and freedoms. Not to violate those. I think the shutdowns of the businesses and everything has really been contrary to that,” Red Bluff resident Stan Holzn.

“We have fires surrounding us on all sides that are just astronomical in the effects. The lands, the forests, the rangelands, that all needs to be managed properly in an effective way to help control wildfires,” Red Bluff resident Ray Mueller said.

But others are thinking he should stay.

“I have no gripe with Governor Newsom. I think he was very strong aside from a lot of others on the pandemic," Los Molinos resident Alfred Fontenot said.

“I hope he gets recalled, I am nervous about it just for the fact that there are so many opposition candidates running. I am afraid it is going to disperse the vote in too many different directions,” Mueller said.

“I believe if people follow his lead then we’ll all be in better shape," Molinos said.

Earlier today, Tehama County had only seen a 35% voter turnout. This is down from the 2020 election where the county saw over a 75% voter turnout.

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