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Ventura County Grand Jury Suggests County Go To Vote By Mail Only Elections

Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:10pm

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report suggests the county could improve the accuracy of vote counting, and save money if it switched to an entirely vote by mail process.  The Grand Jury looked at the overall voting process, with an emphasis on the benefits, and pitfalls of voting by mail.  The report notes that mail ballots received at the last minute are processed after election day, and suggests a public information campaign to try to get voters to send in ballots earlier.  It also suggests that with multiple types of ballots to count, it led to unnecessary errors in vote counting in the November, 2010 election.  The vote by mail process includes signature verification between the ballot, and registration roles.  Because signature verification isn’t required if you vote in person, the report says going completely vote by mail would improve accuracy, as well as lead to big costs savings because there would be no need to set up hundreds of voting precincts.  The report also says a number of polling places in the last election wern’t set up properly, with improper or inadequate signage, and a lack of required privacy in the setups for voters casting ballots.

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