Grubbs “resents” my asking questions about missing ballots, thrown out ballots, undeliverable ballots…

2 Nov

I sent a note to my third district supervisor, Maureen Kirk, regarding my own and others’ concerns about missing ballots, “undeliverable” ballots, etc, and she forwarded my questions to Candace Grubbs.  Here’s Grubb’s response, forwarded to me by her assistant.  

I had asked these questions of Maureen Kirk, telling her things other people have told me, and experiences my husband and I have had. I didn’t send these questions to Grubbs because I know she’s busy right now – but busy doing what, is what I’m wondering, given I have two friends who’ve told me her office has declared their ballots “undeliverable” after they’ve been voting at the same address for years. Two people have told me the post office took them off the voting rolls and wonder how that’s possible. So I ask questions – screw me! – and this what I get:

Hello Juanita,

It has been very busy here today, please excuse me for not getting back to you sooner.

You asked the following questions: As of 10/31/2016,

1) “How many (voters) did not get their first ballot because of whatever mistake by post office or clerk’s office?

Answer: 1820 Ballots have been returned to us as “undeliverable” by the post office. Reasons, people have moved (Election material is not forwarded) including those that have moved out of state; Postal delivery errors- on these we are in contact with the postal authorities and they have and are investigating.

It is important to note: We have issued 1993 2nd ballots to voters.

The ballots undeliverable and 2nd issues are from the entire county, not just the Chico area.

2) “What does she mean by “undeliverable” ballots – see above

3) “Voters were told it would take 7 to 9 days for them to receive their ballot” – All mail in Butte County goes to Sacramento to be sorted by address. Due to the large volume of mail at the Sacramento Distribution Center, it is taking longer for mail to reach Butte County. That is why, I advise voters who want to keep their ballot until Election Day to drop the ballot at any polling location by 8:00 pm. Also new legislation allows us to count ballots that are postmarked by or on Election Day (November 8th) to be counted as long as we receive it within 3 business days.

4) “Last election the news reported Grubbs threw out a lot of ballots because she didn’t think the signatures matched”. First off – we do not throw out any ballots. All voters are contacted by letter or phone if (1) they did not sign the return envelope or (2) if the signature did not significantly match the signature on file. In the Primary Election 2016, we were able to count 80% of the ballots that were originally challenged. In order to contact voters, we sent out 1211 letters and made 1139 phone calls. And yes, we could clearly see some of the ballots were returned with a signature that did belong to the voter. Wouldn’t you want us to check to make sure you are the person that voted your ballot AND not someone else?

5) If you would like to update your signature on file, I have am sending you a voter registration card for that purpose.

6) “It should be public how many she throws away and for what reason”. It is not enough to say I resent these comments, but they are factually untrue. All ballots are kept for 22 months after an election in case of a court challenge. This office spends thousands of tax payer dollars to make sure that every vote than can count is counted.

5) If you would like to update your signature on file, I have am sending you a voter registration card for that purpose.

6) “It should be public how many she throws away and for what reason”. It is not enough to say I resent these comments, but they are factually untrue. All ballots are kept for 22 months after an election in case of a court challenge. This office spends thousands of tax payer dollars to make sure that every vote than can count is counted.

Juanita, I invite you to view for yourself our operation and see the work we do to train precinct officers, to validate all vote by mail ballets and to count all ballots correctly.

Sincerely,

Candace Grubbs

County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters

All I did was ask questions, and she resents that? She didn’t give me the answers right away either – she e-mailed me telling me to drive up to Oroville and she’d give me the tour. I don’t have time to take from my work day to drive to Oroville, and if she’s so busy, why would she invite me to lolly-gag around the shop with her? Besides,   I wanted the answers in writing so nobody  could accuse me of misquoting or spreading misinformation.

I’m not satisfied with Grubb’s response, I resent her resenting it, and I think she’s acting guilty about something.  You decide. If you have any more questions about your ballots ask old Candy yourself, I’m done with her.

And Maureen too. I don’t really think Kirk cares about this stuff.  The both of them need to step down. 

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