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Elections looking a little old-fashioned

By Sam Womack/Staff Writer

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010


To save the cash-strapped county some money, elections officials decided to go back to the future with ballot-counting methods, according to Joe Holland, Santa Barbara County clerk-recorder-assessor.


Rodewald agreed, saying, It not only saves us money with all the pre- and post-election testing, but it gives us better control over the process.

The counties save money by not programming more than 100 voting machines, testing them, sealing them, maintaining an audit log, hiring staff to distribute the machines, and then paying an extra poll worker to be responsible for each machine on election day, Holland said.


A few years ago, poll workers could transfer the results electronically by modem from their precincts voting machines to the election office at the end of election day.

While it was quick and painless, the Secretary of State released revised guidelines that prohibited collecting ballot results by modem, Holland said.

In 2008, both counties kept the voting machines at precincts, then had the memory cards driven to an elections center.


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