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The process a mail-in ballot goes through in Butte County

Mail-in ballots are already pouring into election offices around the state including in Butte County. Action News Now got a special look inside the clerk recorder's office to see what the vote by mail process looks like.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 10:53 AM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 6:04 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Mail-in ballots are already pouring into election offices around the state including in Butte County. Action News Now got a special look inside the clerk recorder's office to see what the vote by mail process looks like. 

Volunteers from the clerk recorder's office collect the ballots from the official county drop boxes or wait for the United States Postal Service to deliver the mail to them.

Once the ballots arrive at the clerk recorder's office, volunteers begin with pulling off the tabs of each envelope that comes in.

Then the envelopes get sorted, putting 200 envelopes at a time inside a machine called the "agilis."

"The agilis then takes a picture of the back of each envelope and we compare the signatures," said Candace Grubbs, the Butte County clerk-recorder.

After that process is done, two volunteers at two different work stations double-check the signatures.

"If the signature looks like somebody else signed it or they forgot to sign it at all, then a letter will be produced by tonight it will go out to the mail. It will ask them 'did you vote your ballot?' and 'we need a signature.'"

And if everything is above board. "Then they are stored in the ballot room until we bring them out."

Those ballots will be out from the storage room after October 19th. 

If anyone is curious about the vote by mail process you can call the clerk recorder's office at (530)-552-3400 to schedule a tour. You can look through windows to see the process. 

"I want to ensure everybody that the post office in Butte County is working with us very well. They should not be afraid of putting it in the mail."

Grubbs also says if Butte County residents have changed addresses they need to update it with her office. You can call the office at (530)-552-3400.

The deadline to register to vote in California is Oct. 19, 2020, if you would like to register or check if you are, CLICK HERE.

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