Shasta County, California took the first steps on Monday toward hand counting ballots cast in the 2024 election.
Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold oral argument in a fringe right-wing lawsuit challenging California’s mail-in voting system.
Voters in the coastal California city of Huntington Beach don’t need to present an ID when voting in municipal elections, but that could change depending on the outcome of a charter amendment on the ballot in the city’s primary election in March.
After nearly a year of controversy and consternation in northern California’s hyper-conservative Shasta County, California, Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen confirmed yesterday that the county will not hand count this election’s ballots.
Last Friday, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D) issued a warning to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors regarding their purported plans to hand count the results of next week’s special election.
Earlier this week, a group of nonpartisan California-based advocacy groups sent a letter to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D) outlining numerous concerns about the upcoming elections in Shasta County that require “urgent, decisive, and sustained response” from Weber’s office.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a slate of election-related bills that implement changes such as mandating curbside voting at all in-person polling locations, improving ballot design, changing cure laws and more.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed three bills aimed at curbing gerrymandering in the state, while vetoing two others. One of the now-vetoed bills would have established an independent redistricting commission in Los Angeles, the most populous city in the state and the second-most populous city in the country.
Calls for hand counting ballots have continued in recent weeks in states throughout the country, with conservative activists and elected officials pushing for the complex practice despite its clear problems.
On Friday, Sept. 8, the California Senate passed Assembly Bill 969 — which would change how counties handle contracts and plans for voting systems.
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