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Those interested in watching the vote counting process in Sacramento County are able to so in person at any time, or watch online via a live-stream video feed.
The Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections website has information regarding check-in procedures and rules for election observers, which include a requirement to wear a mask and an “Election Observer Badge.”
Anyone wishing to observe the process can contact the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters by emailing [email protected] or calling (916) 875-6451. Observers will need to follow guidelines posted on the registrar’s website, which include wearing a mask and certain restrictions on photography.
The elections office where votes are counted is located in south Sacramento, at 7000 65th street. Due to the pandemic, officials say an appointment is “strongly recommended” to observe.
Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, who serves as the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, told The Sentinel previously during the 2020 election that 10-15 observers dropped by each day to watch the vote counting process. Although observers are typically affiliated with a campaign, she said any member of the public is welcome to observe.
During the past election, Sentinel staff visited the elections office and were given access as observers to see ballot scanning, signature verification, opening of sealed ballots, and manual review of the ballots. Bailey-Kanelos said all members of the public would also be given the same access.
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