The Email InBox has been full of complaints about the past election. Not about the Results but the Process and Conduct of Individuals at the Polling Places. "The numbers changed only 15, one way or the other it did not matter, enough to change the results." is one quote. The number of votes is not the issue, be it 15 or 1500 if there was a problem at the polls it should be addressed regardless of the number of votes it affects. The "Problem", may be more significant than the number of votes.
The statements of observation and concern should be compiled in detail and provided to the registrar of Voters, and Possibly the D.A.'s Office and if you feel your voting rights have been violated sufficiently perhaps even to the F.B.I..
The Conduct of the Individuals and the equipment may not change the election results, however the conduct may change the validity of the process and there may conduct that is beyond an error but raises to a violation of the law. This should be evaluated by the Legal Authorities and the Regulatory Agency of the Registrar of Voters, the D.A. and the F.B.I.
For example a voter may not cast a ballot if their name has to be on the ballot, or as one report the voter booklet was being used to cast votes. This with a City Official insisting a count of those booklets. If this reported event took place the detail of it should be reported to the ROV and FBI, as it is a process violation to have a Voter's Name directly traceable to a particular vote or ballot. What ever happened and who did what needs to be investigated and dealt with appropriately, and we hope problems resolved and corrected.
I voted, my machine worked, yes I had to wait to vote, but there was a paper print out on the left of the machine to check so I personally did not experience a problem. However, I did hear and observe that there was a machine that was being difficult to use and the election official repeatedly had to intervene and assist the voters using that machine in the City Hall. Other than that I have no particular first hand knowledge of what happened as the polls closed, the use of booklets for ballots, or alleged City Officials actions which may have compromised the integrity of the election process,(even if it was "only a matter of 15 votes one way or another").
If you feel you have input to these concerns please write them down and send them to the ROV, DA, and the FBI. Insist that elections in Grand Terrace are conducted without the problem of insufficient working machines, or provisional ballots so that a voter can cast a ballot in anonymity as the process is supposed to insure, and that each person has an opportunity to vote and have that vote counted.
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San Bernardino, CA 92415-0770
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Absentee Voting 909 - 387 - 2047
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