Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Grand Jury

The 2016-17 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury was asked to consider the safeguards in place to ensure that only citizens are able to vote.  There has been concern expressed that there may have been a number of non-citizens and other ineligible persons who have fraudulently registered and voted in the recent elections.  

Neither the State of California nor Santa Barbara County requires any kind of proof of citizenship to register to vote.  Despite the fact that perjury is punishable as a felony, it depends on the honesty of those who declare that they are eligible to vote in the United States.  The 2016-17 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury considers this lack of verification to be a flaw in the voter registration process.

 

The mandate of the Grand Jury is to shine a light on governmental operations within Santa Barbara County. The form and timeframe of the agencies’ responses are required by California Penal Code §913 and §933.05.  All Grand Jury reports and responses are posted on the Jury’s website (www.sbcgj.org).

The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury is a basic part of government within the judicial branch.  The Grand Jury acts independently, yet is under the general control of the Superior Court Presiding Judge to assure that it acts in accordance with the Penal Code of the State of California.

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yin yang Jun 07, 2017 01:43 AM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

I agree that our "president" is wasting time and money with a commission to look at "illegal" votes. Every citizen should look at this news: https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/

SB_Hound Jun 06, 2017 11:21 PM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

Everyone says there is no voter fraud but I wonder if that is really true. I failed to vote one year and when I went to the polls the next time to vote, I was told I had already voted and could not vote 'twice'. I showed my ID and they did not care. The same thing happened the next election cycle so I registered to vote absentee there after. Something is wrong here.

Z Jun 06, 2017 03:41 PM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

While not a single vote in California made any difference in TrumP being elected, the Grand Jury is out of line. Their remit is to investigate government operations in accordance with the law. SB County conducts its voter registration and voting in accordance with California Law. GJ is a bunch of busy bodies looking to impose their version of democracy on everyone else, we should censure the lot of them.

Bird Jun 07, 2017 08:16 PM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

Yes, the Grand Jury's role is to investigate; as it says on its website: "The Grand Jury may investigate, evaluate and make recommendations to any city, county or special district agency that receives county funds." That would include the county's Elections office. California law says to vote here, one must be a US citizen and a California resident. It is very much within the grand jury's jurisdiction to see how the County Elections office operates in terms of registering voters.

Roger Jun 06, 2017 03:09 PM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

After the primary I was told my vote did not count so as far as I am concerned the politicians are not the only ones who are corrupt it is the whole business.

NativeSiren Jun 06, 2017 02:36 PM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

The grand jury confirmed that there is no evidence of voter fraud ever having occurred in SB County. We have more to worry about with electoral fraud from Russian election tampering.

Spring Jun 06, 2017 02:01 PM
Concerns for Voter Registration in SB County

Trump, it would take a big man to say he is 'in way over his head' and resign. The public would think much more of him than him making a clown/fool of himself. There is nothing wrong with our voting system, just the outdated electoral college system.

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