Missing ballots cast doubt on past elections
The 200 ballots that disappeared from Humboldt County’s official election certification confirms longtime worry about integrity of local elections.
The Diebold-induced faux pas was uncovered by the Humboldt County Election Transparency Project. Thanks to their efforts the real tally is known, and we can have confidence in future certifications.
County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich said the missing ballots wouldn’t have changed election results, but tight races in past elections now deserve a giant asterisk.
In 2006, for example, Eureka City Councilman Jeff Leonard won with just 28 votes. Or did he? What glitches went unnoticed back then? In the same race, Mayor Virginia Bass supposedly beat incumbent Peter LaValle by 65 votes.
Suffice it to say, national elections offer little in the way of integrity. If the United States conducted elections like Humboldt County, we might be living in a different world.
Kudos to Crnich and the Transparency Project for your service.
Learn more from the Election Transparency Project website.