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Kern County residents vent anger in Board of Supervisors meeting

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It began when board members decided to remove the Kern County Elections Office's request to extend their presentation to next month from the consent agenda.

The Auditor-Controller-County Clerk said due to recent recount requests, they need more time to put the presentation together.

Members of the public were allowed to respond. The biggest concern was the dominion voting machines. Many said they want the county to terminate ties with the company.

They believe it deletes and switches vote counts. They are requesting that hand counting votes become permanent.

"Hand counts are less expensive, more accurate. I would like for you to defund the mini in machine, refund our police and get out of the virtue-signaling waste of money. Take our money–protect our citizens and let them have a transparent vote," said a resident.

But not everyone was in agreement with switching over to hand-counting votes. One resident argued it would take even longer to get it all done.

"I don't understand how people can expect all ballots to be hand counted and have a report that night at midnight. I do know that these counting machines will be more accurate than if you have hundreds of people that it would take to do hand counting. We're a lot bigger than we used to be," said a second resident.

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The Elections Office requested to extend a presentation to February 28. After public comments ended, the board of supervisors approved this date. Their next board meeting is next month.

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