VIP – Vote In Person
Mail-In Ballots, whether you mail them or drop them in a poll box, are susceptible to adjudication by the elections office.
Adjudication: a formal judgement on a disputed matter
When the poll workers run stacks of ballots through the tabulator (up to 50 at a time), the machine identifies any and all “problem ballots”. These may be damaged, mis-aligned, bleed thru, multiple choices for the same position, etc.
When that happens, they make a decision on how to correct the problem. That’s adjudication.
Adjudication essentially gives the worker the ability to make a change to your ballot. (These systems are set to make changes to one ballot or all 50.)
If the ballot is damaged, workers will recreate the ballot on a new one.
In the 2021 recall election, the majority of Tehama County Mail-in ballots did not align in the tabulators – ALL OF THOSE were recreated by a 4 person board. Action News Now Story on Ballot Errors
We are trusting people we don’t know with our vote. We are trusting they will do the right thing. I don’t doubt that our elections clerk is honest and wants to do the right thing – but she doesn’t know what she doesn’t know (and she clearly isn’t interested in learning what we know).
The Tehama Elections Clerk is up for re-election this year and has no opponent. We need someone new to run in 2026!
This is one of the reasons it is so incredibly important to have POLL WATCHERS from multiple parties. These volunteers ensure the workers making changes are doing the right thing.
In 2020, certain precincts denied access to Republican poll watchers. Do you remember seeing the workers board up the windows and set up barriers too far away to see the details of what they were doing?
In some cities, specifically in the swing states, the workers shut down on the night of Nov 3, sending the poll watchers home. But they continued counting after the watchers left.
One precinct claimed there was a water main break. It turned out that it was a minor leak in a restroom that was easily fixed. There is video showing workers pulling bags of ballots out from underneath skirted tables and scanning batches through the tabulators 2,3, even 4 times over – after the watchers left.
I want to encourage you to do 2 things in future elections:
- Vote In Person (you scan your ballot – it doesn’t get adjudicated and you know for certain what is recorded)
- Become a Poll Watcher – anyone can sign up at the elections office and they give you a badge to formally watch the polls. For training:
Learn more about the 2020 fraud issues here: https://tehamafreedom.org/live-local/government/election-integrity/