Election 2010: McClintock camp questions Truckee ballot handling | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: McClintock camp questions Truckee ballot handling

Michelle Rindels andamp; Greyson HowardSun News Service

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; McClintock staff members took issue on election day with a Truckee policy about storing uncounted ballots overnight.Mail-in ballots collected at polling places and at post offices in Truckee on Tuesday were held overnight in a locked room at Truckee Town Hall, to be brought this morning to the Nevada County Elections Office in Nevada City, said Assistant County Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith.It’s something the office does every election.But McClintock campaign staff was andamp;#8220;uncomfortableandamp;#8221; with the practice, and asked the uncounted ballots be kept in a room with video surveillance, McClintock spokesman John Huey said.andamp;#8220;It’s unusual,andamp;#8221; Huey said, noting all other areas in the district bring the uncounted ballots to county election headquarters immediately.Those mail-in ballots, like those collected in the western county Tuesday night from polling places and post offices, will be counted in the canvass period, Smith said.Ballots cast electronically at polls in Truckee do appear in election night results, Smith added.Huey said McClintock’s campaign didn’t find any suspicious activity surrounding the ballots, and was satisfied with Truckee’s security policies.andamp;#8220;We just wanted to cover our bases,andamp;#8221; Huey said.