Elections Advisory Commission Will Recommend Hand Counted Elections In Shasta County

Shasta County’s Citizens Elections Advisory Commission will make a recommendation at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that the county hold hand-count elections, despite a state law created last year specifically in response to Shasta County’s attempt to mandate a hand count. The commission, which is unpaid, has no real power and can only make recommendations. It was formed last year with five members each chosen by the five supervisors. After the cancellation of the Dominion Voting Machines contract forced the Elections Department to create a hand-count process, the State Legislature outlawed handcounts for any election with more than a Thousand voters. The county then had to acquire another set of machines from a different company, but only enough for one per precinct in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling-Allen has already said her department will follow the law, and there’s nothing the board can do about that. The report from the Citizens Commission cites so-called elections experts whose purported proof or evidence of fraud has been wholly discredited. The commission also will recommend fewer ballot drop boxes, cameras to monitor them and chains-of-custody that would include bipartisan teams to pick up the ballot boxes. The report alleges widespread distrust in the voters system, and acknowledges that it’s traced back to doubts about the 2020 Presidential Election that was lost by Donald Trump.