While there have been election integrity issues reported around the country leading up to today's midterm elections, Alameda County in California has an inordinate amount of problems.
According to a press release that was issued Monday on the eve of the midterm election, the Alameda Republican Party Election Integrity Committee detailed numerous errors and failures on the part of the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
The committee first brought forward the issues concerning election integrity at the November 1 meeting of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Committee members testified in connection with a letter from the attorney fo the Alameda County Taxpayers Association, Jason Bezis, in which he threatened legal action if the Registrar of Voters continued to deny election ballot observers "sufficiently close access" to the ballot processing. Bezis's letter also complained that the chain of custody of ballots was not "open to the public." According to election law, observers must be provided "sufficiently close access" to observe ballot processing. At the meeting, some including candidate for State Assembly, Mindy Pechenuk, called for the Registrar of Voters, Tim Dupuis, to resign.
According to the press release, the election integrity failures are as follows:
Due to the reported issues limiting proper election integrity, confirming a lack of video surveillance, and improper ballot processing observation, individuals are able to place numerous ballots in any dropbox around the state. It has caused inflated voter rolls that can be used to manufacture votes.
Perhaps California should consider overhauling all of its Registrars of Voters - Alameda County certainly should.
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