Voter advocates call on California Secretary of State to monitor and support Shasta County elections

By Ashley Gardner,
October 26, 2023


Several nonprofit voter advocacy groups have reached out to the California Secretary of State to ask Dr. Shirley Weber to monitor and support upcoming elections in Shasta County due to recent controversies over voting equipment and ballot counting. 

In a joint letter sent to California's chief elections officer on October 24, California Voter Foundation along with the ACLU of Northern California, California Common Cause, Disability Rights California, League of Women Voters of California and Verified Voting called upon Secretary Weber to take several actions in response to "grave concerns, which we believe call for urgent, decisive, and sustained response from your office."

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The advocates are asking the Secretary of State to remind Supervisor Jones and his colleagues that Shasta County is required to follow federal and state election laws, including AB 969. They are also requesting she arrange for staff from her office to conduct in-person monitoring of the November 2023 and March 2024 elections in Shasta County, including vote tabulation, for compliance with state election laws.

The organizations would also like the state to provide any assistance requested by Shasta County Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen in discharging her duties to the extent that she is faced with interference by other county officials or staff.

The advocacy groups' letter was also sent to Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, AB 969 author and Assembly Elections Committee Chair Assemblywoman Gail Pellerin, Shasta County's five supervisors and Registrar Darling Allen. The request letter includes quotes and links to additional resources providing documentation of the statements made and concerns expressed. (Full Story)