S.F. supes to consider new voting machines

A day after San Francisco elections officials were granted an extension for a manual recount of some ballots from the Nov. 7 election because of issues with computerized voting equipment, city supervisors are getting a look at a potential replacement system.

According to Director of Elections John Arntz, his office has been given court approval until Tuesday to recount some 80,000 absentee ballots, a week more than the Dec. 4 official certification date of election results required by the state.

Arntz said today he hoped the counting would be done by Friday.

Problems arose from the current voting machines, manufactured by the Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems and Software, causing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to impose stricter conditions on the tabulation of results using hand counts.

Discrepancies between initial hand counts and results from the Election Systems and Software machines have resulted in the need to manually recount absentee ballots related to measures A, E, F and G, according to Arntz.

Some of the absentee ballots from the election were registered as “undervoted” by the ES&S machines, when in fact they did have marked selections, Arntz said.

The preliminary voting results for the four measures are not expected to change significantly, according to Arntz.

Meanwhile, voting machines from Sequoia Voting Systems were being unveiled at City Hall this morning to members of the Board of Supervisors and the public.

The board’s Budget and Finance Committee is expected to vote on a resolution approving a new, $12.66 million, four-year contract with Sequoia at its meeting at 1 p.m. today.

Bay City News

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The San Francisco Police Department has cancelled discretionary days off and will have extra officers on duty for Inauguration Day, Chief Bill Scott said Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF ‘prepared for anything’ ahead of inauguration, but no protests expected

Authorities boosting police staffing, security at City Hall

Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the SF Department of Public Health, said Tuesday that The City had received only a fraction of the COVID vaccine doses it requested this week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Unpredictable supplies leave SF running low on COVID vaccine

Reported reactions to Moderna shots prompt hold on 8,000 doses

The T Third Street train will resume service on Saturday, and will be joined by a new express route from the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bayview-Hunters Point residents get first direct express bus to downtown

New Muni route to launch alongside the return of the T-Third train

Construction in the Better Market Street Project between Fifth and Eighth streets is expected to break ground in mid-2021.<ins></ins>
SFMTA board to vote on Better Market Street changes

Agency seeks to make up for slimmed-down plan with traffic safety improvements

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Currey (30) tallied 26 points and seven assists at Monday night’s game against the Lakers. (Chris Victorio for the S.F. Examiner).
Warriors overcome 19-point deficit to stun defending-champion Lakers 115-113

Ladies and gentlemen, the Golden State Warriors are officially back. Stephen Curry… Continue reading

Most Read