Readers Write: December 1, 2016: Did my vote get changed?

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I checked on my vote on Nov. 24, 2016, and was left with a couple of questions. I wrote the following to the elections department of Riverside County:

“I visited your web site to check on my vote and found that it states it was received and is good. Good for what? How can I tell if my vote has been changed?”

On Nov. 25, 2016, I received this response:

“If your status says ‘Good’ that indicates your vote was accepted and counted. The ballot is then separated from the envelope and the official ballot is taken into the counting process.

“The voting selections you made are confidential.

“Please let me know if you have any further questions.

“Thank you.”

And I responded with: “Thank you for such a quick response! However, my question is unanswered. How do I know my vote was not changed?”

And here is their response I got Nov. 26, 2016:

“Official election ballots are opened under dual control, which then are taken into the counting process which is monitored under 24 hour surveillance.

“You may also visit our office to view the process any time during business hours.”

Why do they explicitly avoid answering my question? Wouldn’t you like to know?

Mark J. Mitchell

Pine Cove

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