The State Senate has passed a bill prohibiting the kind of hand count election being planned for Shasta County. AB 969 had already passed the Assembly and will be rushed to the Governor’s desk as an urgency measure. District One Senator Brian Dahle cast one of six no votes for the bill. The attempt to switch to a manual tally would cost the county Millions of Dollars and most experts doubt it would approach the accuracy of a machine count for a voting population of well over 100,000. Severing the contract with Dominion Voting Machines has already been expensive, and the costs to bring in enough new machines to reinstate automated tabulation is not known.