Transparency is a priority at Santa Clara County registrars – NBC Bay Area
On the day of the recall election, county clerks try to ensure that there is transparency about what is being done to ensure that the ballots are safe and that the votes are counted.
In Santa Clara County, ballot security is the top priority and there are many eyes to ensure that the process runs smoothly.
The workers open the envelopes, check the signatures and end up counting the votes.
The ballots arrive from the polling stations in large bags marked and zipped for security reasons.
On recall election day, Santa Clara County Registrars try to ensure that there is transparency about what is being done to ensure that the ballots are safe and that the votes are accounts. Damian Trujillo reports.
“We pride ourselves on making sure voters feel their ballot is safe,” said spokeswoman for the registrar of electors, Evelyn Mendez.
The registrar said anyone can come in and witness the process, and believes transparency is key to dispelling unsubstantiated rumors from some candidates about the potential for voter fraud.
“We always have two people with a ballot at all times,” Mendez explained. “There are only certain people allowed in a secure area, so it’s a controlled ROV group that can enter that polling room. Not everyone has access, only some people.
A South Bay family, the Gomez family, decided to deposit their ballots in the registrar on Tuesday instead of mailing them.
“I wanted to make sure my vote was counted,” said Fran Gomez. “I think there was a big electoral problem last year and I wanted my vote to be counted.”
The turnout in Santa Clara County was 55% Tuesday night.