SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GRAND JURY 1995-96
Procedures for the Election of June 7, 1995 Election (O)
Abbreviation used in this report:
ED Elections Division
Commendation: For improved security on election night while maintaining appropriate accommodation and service for the public during the canvass of the vote.
Finding and Recommendation 1: Needs a better mailing system for removing ineligible voters from the rolls at the precinct.
Finding and Recommendation 2: Procedures vary at the polling places.
Response 2: See 2a, b, c, d, e, f and g.
Finding and Recommendation 2a: A training session for all workers should be mandatory.
Response 2a: There is mandatory training for all Inspectors but is impossible for all precinct workers. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2b: ED should train all Inspectors to display the American Flag appropriately and make certain it is displayed at all polls. This should be included in the Handbook.
Action Completed 2a: An instruction video was produced for use as a supplemental tool for precinct workers.
Action Pending 2a: None.
Response 2b: Agrees. ED
Action Completed 2b: The Handbook was modified.
Action Pending 2b: None.
Finding and Recommendation 2c: Polling place workers must have each voter state his/her name and address. Workers should resist being overly helpful.
Response 2c: Accepts. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2d: Telephone instructions should be in the Handbook.
Action Completed 2c: None.
Action Pending 2c: Voter ID will be stressed in precinct training. ED will look into signage requesting voter utterance of name and address.
Response 2d: Agrees. The Handbook will be modified. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2e: A list of supplies and how to use them should be in the Handbook.
Action Completed 2d: None.
Action Pending 2d: The Handbook is being modified.
Response 2e: Agrees. The Handbook will be modified. ED
Finding and Recommendation 2f: The Handbook should be issued to workers well ahead of the election.
Finding and Recommendation 2g: Workers who damage a ballot card should not tamper with the ballot. This should be added to the Handbook.
Action Completed 2e: None
Action Pending 2e: The Handbook is being modified.
Response 2g: The Handbook will be modified. ED
Finding and Recommendation 3a,b,c: Print warnings on envelopes about the consequences of variant signatures or unsigned envelopes, ballots received after the polls close, and ballots cast in the wrong precinct.
Action Completed 2g: None.
Action Pending 2g: The Handbook is being modified.
Response 3a,b,c: Admonitions are printed on the front and back of the envelope. Definition of variant signatures is subjective. The admonitions are adequate. ED
Finding and Recommendation 3d: The final vote count should include the number of uncounted ballots.
Finding and Recommendation 4: Public entrances should be clearly marked and kept open.
Action Completed 3a,b,c: None.
Action Pending 3a,b,c: None.
Response 4: Agrees. ED
Finding and Recommendation 5: The CA elections system is in transition. The Grand Jury should continued to monitor election procedures.
Action Completed 4: None.
Action Pending 4: Specific directions will be given to the Courthouse custodial services and security.
Response 5: ED welcomes the Grand Jury's continued review. ED
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