The election audit. A standard procedure that has been put under a microscope in this 2020 election.
“It is definitely an all hands on deck process,” said Art Tinoco, Riverside County's Assistant Registrar of Voters.
From local candidates to the President of the United States, questions have been brought up about the accuracy and integrity of Dominion Voting Systems.
Thursday morning, President Trump released the following tweet, citing a report from One America News, that alleges Dominion of stealing votes.
Domain Voting Systems are used in dozens of states across the country, including here in Riverside County.
“We’re not finding anything that would be red flags for us as far as the equipment not counting the votes correctly, so, so far, everything is going well. It’s extremely busy and we just continue through the process,” said Tinoco.
The audit process is important to protect the integrity of votes. One percent, of the 864 voting precincts in the county, is selected. The results of each ballot are compared, by hand, to those produced by the voting machine.
The Registrar of Voters said that it is halfway through the audit process, which began last Thursday. However, it does not expect it to be completed until closer to the date of certification, which is December 3.
“Residents in Riverside County should actually feel comfortable that the machines are counting the way they are required to count,” said Tinoco.
The Department of Homeland Security provided News Channel 3 with a statement on this year’s election:
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American History. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."
Residents are able to observe the audit process themselves at the Registrar of Voters in Riverside.