Additional voting centers open their doors in Santa Cruz County

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With just days away from the gubernatorial recall election, additional voting centers opened up their doors over the weekend. At New Brighton Middle School in Capitola, workers are making sure everyone feels safe from the COVID-19 virus to exercise their right to vote. One worker there, Brian Pereiia said, “We check the voting booths and clean them up to make sure they’re sanitized. We even have a place right here for people who are maybe afraid to go in,” Brian Pereiia said.On Saturday, Santa Cruz County Clerk Registrar of voters, Tricia Webber said overall, it’s been a high turnout. “A lot of people are engaged in this election. It’s very heartening to see that people are engaged with what’s going on around them,” Webber said.Webber explained the process and said the first thing they do is check the signature. “We run it through to capture the signature image and we do signature comparison and that is done by people, it’s not done by computer. If there is a comparison then it moves forward to be processed. If there’s is no comparison then we contact the voter and give them the ability to cure their ballot signature so their ballot can be counted,” Webber ssaid. Webber also reassures the safety of each vote. She said, “All of our ballots are stored in locked rooms. There’s only a certain people who have access to those rooms. We also do have cameras which are on 24/7.”Once it’s all done, 28 days following the election, they double check again. “We kind of re-run the whole election and do a bunch of auditing,” said Webber. Making sure everything is accounted for. Since there are only a few days left to vote, voting in person is recommended. If anyone needs a new ballot, for whatever reason, they’re able to do so in-person and still get their vote in.

With just days away from the gubernatorial recall election, additional voting centers opened up their doors over the weekend.

At New Brighton Middle School in Capitola, workers are making sure everyone feels safe from the COVID-19 virus to exercise their right to vote. One worker there, Brian Pereiia said, “We check the voting booths and clean them up to make sure they’re sanitized. We even have a place right here for people who are maybe afraid to go in,” Brian Pereiia said.

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On Saturday, Santa Cruz County Clerk Registrar of voters, Tricia Webber said overall, it’s been a high turnout.

“A lot of people are engaged in this election. It’s very heartening to see that people are engaged with what’s going on around them,” Webber said.

Webber explained the process and said the first thing they do is check the signature.

“We run it through to capture the signature image and we do signature comparison and that is done by people, it’s not done by computer. If there is a comparison then it moves forward to be processed. If there’s is no comparison then we contact the voter and give them the ability to cure their ballot signature so their ballot can be counted,” Webber ssaid.

Webber also reassures the safety of each vote. She said, “All of our ballots are stored in locked rooms. There’s only a certain people who have access to those rooms. We also do have cameras which are on 24/7.”

Once it’s all done, 28 days following the election, they double check again.

“We kind of re-run the whole election and do a bunch of auditing,” said Webber. Making sure everything is accounted for.

Since there are only a few days left to vote, voting in person is recommended. If anyone needs a new ballot, for whatever reason, they’re able to do so in-person and still get their vote in.

Contributed by local news sources

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