Legal battle over tallying votes brews as Shasta County's November special election looms


Will Shasta County get special dispensation from a new California law that essentially bans tallying votes by hand except in the tiniest towns?

Patrick Jones, who chairs the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, insists that votes will be counted by hand and has threatened litigation if the state tries to stop the county by invoking the provisions of AB 969.

How Would You Change California’s Referendum Process?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering whether to sign a bill that would change some of the language you see on the referendum portion of your 2024 ballot. AB 421 would ask voters whether they want to “keep the law” or “overturn the law” and eliminate “Yes” or “No” choices. It would also require the top three sponsors of a referendum to appear on the Secretary of State’s voter information guide.

What happened to the big changes to California elections?


The campaign text messages have stopped, and your recycling bin is finally empty of mailers. But while it’s not election season anymore, California lawmakers are still tinkering with how voting happens. 

The number of election-related bills introduced this session — close to 50 — is average, election officials said. But that number has been whittled down since January, and this week’s policy committee deadline may narrow the active proposals more. 

CVF & partners weigh in on California's manual ballot tally rules

Hi Folks,

This morning I headed over to the California Secretary of State's office, where a public hearing was taking place to receive comments on the state's proposed Ballot Counting regulations. Comments are due by midnight, July 5th. 

These regulations are being developed by Secretary of State Shirley Weber and her staff to provide county election officials with a framework for using people rather than computers to count California ballots. 

News Roundup: Shasta Supervisors meeting on voting tech today; welcoming Tommy Gong to CVF board

Shasta supervisors consider new voting system and hand counting all ballots; California voter advocacy groups provide guidance and facts

Today Shasta County Supervisors are meeting to consider whether to adopt a new computerized voting system and whether to adopt a policy of hand counting ballots.