SANTA CRUZ — After this week, longtime Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin will start cleansing out her desk and planning for the following part of her life. However Tuesday, the official deadline to certify the vote, she skilled bittersweet emotions as the ultimate 2020 common election ballots had been scanned into the county’s counting system.
Following a 27-year tenure, the county’s head of elections introduced her resignation Nov. 12. That is the ultimate time she’s going to rejoice with employees because the final poll is entered into the system; her closing day is Dec. 30.
The Nov. 24 replace on the “Countdown to closing outcomes” tab of the county’s Elections Division web site outlined what the ultimate days of counting would appear to be. Fewer than 100 ballots can be added to the ultimate vote depend at that time. Pellerin mentioned on the day of the certification deadline that she had simply verified signatures on 5 extra ballots this morning and they’d be added to the depend.
“You realize, it’s not a lot,” she mentioned of the counting happening during the last week. “We’re simply coping with the final of the percentages and ends.”
A number of folks had despatched of their verification varieties over the weekend as they had been due Monday, Pellerin mentioned. She was inspired their actions.
“Each vote counts, each vote issues,” she mentioned. “We’re making an attempt to get as many as doable.”
Pellerin, who mentioned she feels in a unique life she might have been a slapstick comedian, has chosen to incorporate an image of the Statue of Liberty carrying a masks on a e-book of election outcomes that might be completed over the following few days.
“I believed it was acceptable,” she mentioned.
Hours after the final poll is scanned, a press release of the vote might be posted on the “Countdown” web page. On Dec. 8, Pellerin will act because the consultant of her crew when the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors acknowledges the assertion of the vote as a consent calendar merchandise. The general public servant says the assertion has no means been pulled or questioned.
When the filed assertion is accepted, the winners of every race might be declared. Pellerin and her employees will file a certification of votes to all cities and particular districts in order that they have their very own copies of the tallies. Certificates of election might be ready and awarded to all new elects.
The voters has 5 days to request a recount in the event that they really feel a race has merited one; people contesting within the case of “unlawful” votes have a 30-day window. A criticism of a canine allegedly voting in Santa Cruz County was the principle situation Pellerin has heard thus far; even then, a colleague alerted her to the claims. No motion was taken past concerned events airing particulars on social media.
“When you’ve got proof of one thing (going) incorrect, you must get it to the suitable authority,” the county clerk mentioned.
As Pellerin prepares to discover a new residence for a whole lot of hats she used all through greater than 20 years of her profession, one other want reigns above her hope these hats land in appreciative fingers — a want that the recognition round working towards one’s civic responsibility stays.
“It’s essential to vote in each election you’re eligible to, not simply the large historic ones,” she mentioned. “I hope that folks will proceed to train that valuable proper.”
For info on 2020 election outcomes and voting in Santa Cruz County, go to votescount.us.