Elections Take a Step Back from Technology

Talk about homeland security – computers can't always defend against hackers, and in the case of voting computers this can mean false election returns. Because of this kind of evidence in a study, the California Secretary of State de-certified computer voting machines in the state. Locally, elections officials have turned to absentee ballots.voting_machines.jpg

This predicament hits first in Mono County's Special Election for Mammoth School District. Measure S, a parcel tax, goes to a vote November 6th. Assistant Clerk-Recorder Christy Robles says that voters can request absentee ballots for this election, but paper ballots will be used at polling places. The last day to request an absentee ballot for this special election is October 30th.

Robles says they also need new poll workers. Call 932-5537.

The next election – the Presidential Primary on February 5th. Again, paper ballots will return.

In Inyo County, Clerk Mary Roper said that voters will use paper ballots due to the de-certified computers. Clerk Roper also offers a chance to become a permanent absentee voter. Call the Registrar of Voters at the Inyo County Courthouse at 878-0224.

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