By County Supervisor Sue Frost

On June 6th of this year, Sacramento County voted to fundamentally change the way we vote in all of our future elections.  Previously, you had the choice to either mail in an absentee ballot, or to go physically vote at one of the 6 Rancho Murieta polling locations.  Now, the number of Rancho Murieta polling locations will be dramatically cut down to likely only 1 location, you can physically go in and vote several days before Election Day, and everyone will be mailed an absentee ballot whether you want it or not.

I was the sole vote against this change, so I want to take the opportunity to explain why.

Firstly, I am deeply concerned that this will open the door to more voter fraud.  This change is occurring at the same time automatic voter registration is going into effect.  Consequently, thousands of ballots will be automatically mailed to people who may have moved, who may not realize or remember that they are registered to vote, or who may have no intention of voting.  This would mean thousands of absentee ballots in circulation that may not reach the intended recipients or that may be discarded due to the fact that it is unexpected.  These ballots become ripe targets for fraud.  

Secondly, I think this will be far more difficult to implement than is expected.  In Denver, a similar program led to technical glitches and long lines.  They had to hire hundreds of additional workers (rather than poll volunteers), purchased hundreds of new machines, and some people had to wait in line for hours.  In Arizona, news reports showed some wait times of 5 hours or more due to the technical problems.  This is unacceptable in a modern democracy.  

Lastly, and most importantly, my district is opposed to it.  In a professional survey of Sacramento County, it was found that only 33% of people in my district were in support of this change.  People who answered the survey were used to voting at their traditional polling place, are concerned about voter fraud, and are concerned about having to drive 5-10x further in order to vote.  Further, my district is concerned that this burden will fall disproportionately on those who are less mobile, the poor, disabled, and the elderly. 

In the end I knew that I would be the only vote against this proposal and that this change would come, but in my heart I knew that I wouldn’t be doing a good job representing Rancho Murieta if I voted for something you are opposed to, and something I have so many lingering concerns about.  My colleagues who voted for this change had good reasons for doing so, with the most persuasive reason being that it may reduce costs.  But in my experience, everything the government does comes with a higher price tag than anticipated.

Thank you for reading – and as always, if you want to contact me, call me at 916-874-5491 or e-mail me at SupervisorFrost@saccounty.net.

Sue Frost represents the 4th District, which includes all or part of the communities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Orangevale, Antelope, Rio Linda, Elverta, Gold River, Rancho Murieta, North Highlands, Carmichael, Foothill Farms and Fair Oaks.


Jacque Villa's picture
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Elimating RM polling places

I think this decision is a terrible one. We pay the county plenty of money in taxes out here for the little services we get. And, with the increase of population we will be getting when the new development homes are built, we at least deserve to keep our polling places during the elections. Please vote no and let us keep the ones we have now. 

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@Jacque Villa

Unfortunately, the vote already took place and passed by a vote of 4-1.  This change will go into place starting with the June 2018 election.

Sue Frost
Sacramento County Supervisor, District 4

Margie Brock's picture
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eliminating polling places here in RM

i want to know whether you informed the residents here about this bill coming and if not, why not.  I don't remember hearing whether it was covered in the town hall meetings.  Also, where do we go to find out who voted for and against.  Thank you

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@Margie Brock

I found out this issue was coming on a Friday, and had to vote on it on Tuesday of the following week.  There wasn't enough time to engage in town hall meetings on this subject in that extremely short window of time.

I was the only vote against this issue, the other four supervisors voted in support.

Sue Frost
Sacramento County Supervisor, District 4

Margie Brock's picture
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eliminating voting polling places in RM

Thank you Sue for your response and so quickly, too.  :)

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Sacramento County Services Cutbacks and Corruption

Supervisor Frost, you have proven to be an early, refreshing representative of our, the County taxpayers', interests. This curtailment of County funded polling sites may be just the tip of the iceberg in what looms for huge cutbacks in County services due to upcoming severe budget shortfalls. This huge budget deficit portends to be a result mainly of two factors: First is the cutoff of Federal subsidy funds across the board to California due to intransigence of the State and counties/cities, to defy enforcement of Federal laws which protect us, the taxpayers, read sanctuary State (Governor/Legislature), cities (e.g., Sacramento), and certain counties (not yet Sacramento). You have already courageously addressed this disaster. Second is the huge lawsuit just awarded against Sacramento County taxpayers of $100+ million in the plaintiff Schneider-Hardesty vs. County officials recent civil corruption trial. This will bankrupt the County. The jury awarded those damages to the plaintiffs, and penalized County officials such as ex-Supervisor/ex-State Assemblyman Dickinson, ex-County Planning Department Director Sherry, et al for being in collusion with Teichert Co by corruption/malfeasance. We know the bent of those individuals in previous dealings right here in Rancho Murieta. So now the County is appealing that award,and appears to be circling the wagons in defense of those corrupt officials, again at taxpayer expense. Read the recent Bee article. And look at the private legal team the County contracted to defend; does it not disturb anyone that they work out of Teichert's headquarters building? No government official is indemnified from corruption and malfeasance in office. So why is the County headed in this direction, rather than basing its appeal on marginalizing such corruption and perps? Or is this just the tip of the iceberg in what has gone down and who is culpable? Again Thank You for your candid and sincere efforts from the start to protect the taxpayers, ratepayers and indeed Rancho Murieta County constituents.

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Elimination of polling places

One door closes, let's open another by using VOTE BY MAIL and keep our voices heard.

Bruce

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