SAN MATEO COUNTY (KPIX 5) — Federal authorities are keeping a close eye on San Mateo County ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The Department of Justice is taking a look at the county’s election because it’s using a cutting-edge ballot system for the first time.READ MORE: Puppy Stolen From Vehicle In San Francisco; Suspect Refuses To Cooperate
“Well, we are the first county under the California Voters’ Choice Act to conduct elections under a new model which is an all-mail ballot, with an election center an all drop-off locations,” explained Jim Irazarry, the Assistant Chief of Elections for the county.
The process is well-underway in preparation for Tuesday’s ballot casting. Ballots collected by mail and at drop-off locations are already moving through the sorting facility.READ MORE: Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Crimes Linked To Lockdown-Violating Underground Gatherings; Santa Clara Relaxes Outdoor Gathering Rules
The DOJ is specifically focusing on voting materials that are being sent out in Spanish and Chinese.
This situation offers what might be a glimpse into California’s voting future: a slow disappearance of the neighborhood polling place.
“We’re seeing brisk voting going on right now, we’re outpacing the 2014 election considerably,” said Irazarry.MORE NEWS: Los Altos Hills Man Arrested For Child Porn Possession, Distribution
The other counties trying this ballot system in 2018 are Napa, Nevada, Madera and Sacramento Counties, all of which are on the DOJ’s watch list.