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BriarPatch voting was secure

In a Union article on the BriarPatch board election, it was suggested someone entered the store after hours and altered the outcome. The odds are extremely slim. They’d need the ballot box key, store key, alarm code and key to the safe holding the unused ballots.

I oversaw most of the voting. The ballots were numbered. If ballot numbers in the safe at the day’s end differed from those the next morning, it would have been noticed. If someone created their own ballots, numbered them, and put them in the box, the phony numbers would have caught the attention of ballot counters.

As for the voting process: Each voter got a ballot from a front end Manager (or customer service rep) who put his/her initials by the member’s name in a book of eligible voters and marked the name off. For security purposes, after voting, the ballot was folded and handed to the manager, who initialed it and – in view of the voter Ð dropped it in the box.



The League of Women Voters conducted the ballot counting, checked each ballot number and inspected the records of who voted. They concluded that the election was held fairly.

Bill Drake




Nevada City


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