Elections Commission Recommends Hand Counted Elections To Board Of Supervisors

Shasta County’s Citizens Elections Advisory Commission met on Monday and voted to recommend a violation of California elections law. The commission, which has no real power and can only make recommendations, 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. Monday’s commission meeting included a 3 to 2 vote to recommend a hand count anyway. They’ll present the proposal to the board, but 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.