SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GRAND JURY 1995-96
Election Procedures (J)
Abbreviation used in this report:
ED Elections Division
S Sheriff's Department
Finding and Recommendation 1: Information regarding removing ineligible voters from rolls needs to be better communicated to telephone callers.
Response 1: What is being done conforms with the Election Code and the Grand Jury recommendation for effective communication. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2: There are unacceptable variations of procedures at polls.
Action Completed 1: None
Action Pending 1: None
Response 2: See 2a, b, c, d, e, f and g.
Finding and Recommendation 2a: Videotape generic procedures for Inspectors to use in training precinct workers.
Response 2a: A generic video can be produced and the ED will look into this. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2b: Inspectors should prepare written instructions as to the location of the nearest telephone and update Handbook.
Finding and Recommendation 2c: Workers at polls should identify voters and resist being overly helpful.
Action Completed 2a: Instead, an instruction video was produced of a precinct training class.
Action Pending 2a: Production of a generic procedures video has been deferred.
Response 2c: Agrees. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2d: Inspectors should prepare written instructions as to the location of the nearest telephone and update Handbook.
Finding and Recommendation 2e: A list of supplies at polls should be included in the Handbook.
Finding and Recommendation 2f: There should be early availability of Handbook to precinct workers.
Finding and Recommendation 2g: Instruct workers about what to do with the damaged ballots.
Finding and Recommendation 3: Signatures on absentee, mail and provisional ballots are a concern.
Action Completed 2c: None.
Action Pending 2c: ED will reinforce voter identification in precinct training.
Response 3: See 3a, b and c.
Findings and Recommendations 3a,b,c: Print warning on envelopes about the consequences of variant signatures or unsigned envelopes, ballots received after the polls close, and ballots cast in the wrong precinct.
Response 3a,b,c: Admonitions are printed on the front and the back of the envelope. Signatures may vary for many reasons; staff allows some liberality. The admonitions are adequate. ED
Findings and Recommendations 4 & 4a: Adequate arrangements were not made for public observers of the election count at the Santa Barbara County Court House. Clearly mark and keep open public entrances.
Action Completed 3a,b,c: None.
Action Pending 3a,b,c: None.
Responses 4 & 4a: Agrees. ED
Finding and Recommendation 4b: Secure the delivery entrance at all times on election night.
Finding and Recommendation 4c: Sheriff's security should control the ED office space for alcohol and public behavior.
Finding and Recommendation 4d: Confidential materials should not be accessible to the public.
Action Completed 4 & 4a: None.
Action Pending 4 & 4a: None.
Response 4d: Agrees. ED
Finding and Recommendation 4e: Clearly designate and maintain public access areas.
Action Completed 4d: Procedures have been developed and implemented. ED will safeguard confidentially.
Action Pending 4d: None.
Response 4e: Agrees. ED
Finding and Recommendation 5: The Grand Jury should continue to monitor election procedures.
Action Completed 4e: None.
Action Pending 4d: ED will implement.
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