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Uncounted vote-by-mail ballot box discovered at Chico State

BMU Drop Box 10/25/20, Courtesy: Bob Mullholland

The Butte County Clerk-Recorder announced Thursday they discovered a sealed official ballot drop box that contained voted vote-by-mail ballots that were deposited prior to the Nov. 3 deadline at 8 p.m.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 4:04 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2020 10:19 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The Butte County Clerk-Recorder certified the results of the November 3, 2020, Presidential Election on Nov. 30. However, on Dec. 8, the office discovered a sealed official ballot drop box that contained voted vote-by-mail ballots that were deposited prior to the Nov. 3 deadline at 8 p.m.

The drop box in question was located outside of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, and was not included in the certified results published on Nov. 30, according to County Clerk-Recorder, Candace Grubbs.

On Dec. 10, Grubbs, successfully petitioned the Butte County Superior Court for an extension to the deadline for certification to allow these ballots to be included in a re-certification of the official canvass.

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Grubbs said signature verification has since been completed on the ballots discovered in the box. 501 signatures have been verified. 28 signatures have been challenged, and notices have been sent to these 28 voters.

They will be provided with an opportunity to cure their vote by mail envelopes. The supplemental canvass for these ballots will begin on December 14 at 9 a.m. at the Hall of Records in Oroville and will continue until complete.

Grubbs has conducted an analysis of the ballots contained in this group. According to the analysis, the only contest in the election that could be affected is the City of Chico Measure E: Charter Amendment.

All other contests were decided by margins larger than the outstanding number of ballots to be counted, said Grubbs. The Butte County Clerk-Recorder’s office said it remains dedicated to counting every single valid vote cast in the November 3, 2020, Presidential Election. An official re-certification will occur following the supplemental canvass.

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