Shasta supervisors talk pay raises, Hart voting machines: What happened at Tuesday meeting

By David Benda,
Record Searchlight,
October 31, 2023


Jones got into it with county Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen over the contract with the Hart voting machines.

Jones alleged supervisors were misled by Darling Allen, claiming that they did not know the machines can also electronically tabulate ballots when they OK'd the contract.

Jones led the charge to develop a hand-count system in Shasta County after he, Crye and Kelstrom voted to terminate the county’s former contract with Dominion Voting Systems.

But it became moot when Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 4 signed into law AB 969, which bans the manual tally of ballots in all but the tiniest towns.

Last week, Secretary of State Shirley Weber, in a letter to Shasta supervisors, stated she expects the county to follow the law in the Nov. 7 special election.

“Failing that, my office stands ready to take actions necessary to ensure that Shasta County conducts all elections in accordance with state law,” the letter concludes.

In a rebuke to Jones’ claim, Darling Allen read a prepared statement Tuesday that in part said:

“Contrary to claims made by certain members of the board, I and my staff fully disclosed the nature and terms of the Hart InterCivic contract and its system, including the ability of Hart scanners to tabulate voter ballots and the associated budgetary requirements. My disclosures of these facts to the board is easily confirmed by reviewing the livestream recording of the April 6 meeting, the accompanying Board report, and the legal minutes from the board’s special meeting.” (Full Story)