Monday, 22 April 2024

Mendocino County seeks counsel from state after discovering ballot issues

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. — Mendocino County officials on Wednesday said they are investigating new reports of incorrect ballots for the upcoming March election and are seeking guidance from the Secretary of State’s Office on how to address the situation.

The county of Mendocino was made aware on Wednesday of candidate and resident concerns that voters may be receiving ballots from the incorrect supervisorial districts.

The initial belief is that the 2021 redistricting may not have been correctly imputed into the voter files.

“We want to bring this new issue to the immediate attention of Mendocino County voters as soon as we learned of it,” said County Chief Executive Officer Darcie Antle. “We are investigating the issues with the Register of Voters Office and their vendor. We are seeking guidance from the State of California’s Secretary of State’s Office.”

Antle added, “Most importantly, we want to assure voters that they will receive and get the proper ballots and that every vote will be properly counted. We are going to be working overtime to get to the bottom of what has gone wrong and to ensure voters receive the proper ballots.”

The county of Mendocino is also seeking assistance from Renne Public Law group, one of the state’s top municipal government law firms, in determining next steps.

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