© 2023 | Jefferson Public Radio
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541.552.6301 | 800.782.6191
a service of Southern Oregon University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

NorCal elections officials host town hall to debunk fraud claims

A ballot drop box outside of the Shasta County Clerk's office
Roman Battaglia
Jefferson Public Radio
The ballot drop box outside the Shasta County Clerk's office in Redding, Calif.

Elections officials in Northern California recently hosted a town hall to address recent claims of election fraud.

National election deniers have been traveling the country spreading misinformation about election security. Once they leave, local elections officials are left to deal with the fallout.

On Monday night, Shasta County Clerk Cathy Darling Allen hosted a virtual town hall to help voters understand why these claims are false.

Darling Allen said residents should refute claims when they hear them, or people will continue to distrust elections.

“It can be hard when you are in the minority in a room or in a conversation to say ‘hey, you know what, I don’t think that’s right and here’s why,’" she said. "But it’s important that we do that.”

Joining her at the event was Professor Justin Grimmer, a political scientist at Stanford, who said these conspiracy theorists often provide no direct evidence.

“If you’re gonna make a big claim that every election within America is being stolen, I would wanna know a lot more than just a big correlation," Grimmer said. "Show me the hard evidence, show me what the private investigators have uncovered, show me the ballot factories.”

Officials at the town hall also addressed reports of people coming to voters’ homes and questioning them about their voter registration status.

Placer County Clerk Ryan Ronco said these people going door-to-door are not trained in the specifics of the elections system, and they’re not affiliated with the elections department.

Darling Allen plans to host more of these town halls after the midterm elections in November.

After graduating from Oregon State University, Roman came to JPR as part of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism in 2019. He then joined Delaware Public Media as a Report For America fellow before returning to the west coast.