Fresno County Clerk Clarifies How Votes Are Counted

Title: Fresno County Clerk Clarifies How Votes Are Counted
Source: KSEE 24 News
Date: July 17, 2013
By: Justin Willis

So, in the last special election, there was a little disagreement about procedure here at the elections office.

We've got another vote coming next week, and county clerk Brandi Orth wants to clarify the process to voters.

Questions and controversy lingered after Fresno's Measure G trash vote last month...

If there were votes that didn't count, mainly, it had to do with absentee ballots.

Some voted twice...

Some changed their signatures... and some moved, and voted out of their district.

But county clerk Brandi Orth is pushing for voter consistency for the July 23rd special election.

So here's what you should know to make sure your vote counts.

First, make sure your signature is up to date with your elections office... especially if you're voting absentee.
It doesn't have to match, but it does have to compare.

(Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk) "Could be that your handwriting has changed over time and so we ask voters to update their registration card with their current signature."

If you moved, you need to re-register to vote.

This will ensure you vote in the races you are eligible for.

"If your voter registration card says you live in Fresno but you really reside in Clovis, you're not allowed to vote for the city of Fresno."

Also, make sure you vote in your proper polling place.

If you don't...

"The precinct officers then don't have any way to verify if they're valid voters."

And so it goes into that pink provisional envelope...

If the info you fill out on that doesn't match what's on your registration card, the vote doesn't count.

It's not that an elections office has a vested interest in the outcome of an election... They don't.

The 'vested interest' is that your vote counts.

"Everything is the same. We treat everyone the same. It's consistent and it's fair and it's in accordance with the law."

For more information, call the county clerk's office at 600-VOTE.