Shasta County election results including big wins for fire district, Gateway school board

By David Benda and Damon Arthur,
Record Searchlight,
November 8, 2023


Tuesday’s special election filled a seat on the Gateway Unified School District board and created a fire protection district in the historic community of Shasta.

While the eyes of election observers were on Shasta County, voter turnout was extremely low.

With all precincts reporting and a portion of mail-in ballots counted, county election officials reported less than 20% of the people eligible to vote cast a ballot.

Votes left to be counted include provisional ballots, ballots still in the mail, vote-by-mail ballots that were dropped off at precincts and damaged ballots.

The controversy over ballot counting and election integrity drew dozens of observers who showed up at the elections office in downtown Redding on Tuesday. Among them were representatives from the California Secretary of State's office, League of Women Voters of California, California Common Cause and Disability Rights California.

County election officials are looking to certify the results by Nov. 22. (Full Story)