San Joaquin Supervisor Says He’s Concerned About Local Election Integrity
A San Joaquin County supervisor is raising questions about local election integrity, portending what could be a tense and protracted fight over the results in November.
Supervisor Tom Patti’s concerns stem from multiple mishaps that affected some local ballots.
CBS Sacramento reports that “more than 2,000 voters were sent replacement ballots because a local race was missing. New ballots were sent out to all of the impacted voters, and the county registrar said the new ballot has the words ‘corrected ballot inside’ written on the envelope.
In another instance, more than 5,000 sample ballots and voter guides sent to voters in Manteca and the 5th Suerpvisorial District were printed in the wrong language.”
Patti worries the errors could invite legal exposure. He has called for an emergency meeting on the matter and even suggested bringing in an independent body to oversee the election process.
The 2020 presidential election is already shattering state and nationwide records for mail-in and early voting. Over 1 million Californians have returned mail-in ballots, with more to follow. While widespread mail-in voting is expected to increase voter turnout, it also leaves more room for error, delay, and confusion.