Report 2017-107 Recommendation 11 Responses

Report 2017-107: Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters: Insufficient Policies and Procedures Have Led to Errors That May Have Reduced Voters' Confidence in the Registrar's Office (Release Date: October 2017)

Recommendation #11 To: Secretary of State, Office of the

The Secretary of State should adopt regulations establishing clear criteria for mistakes in election-related materials that constitute reportable errors and require counties to report these errors to it after each election.

60-Day Agency Response

The Secretary of State does not currently have the resources to develop and promulgate regulations during the 2018 election cycle, which has already begun; however, we plan to do so in the next non-statewide election year, 2019. For the 2018 election cycle, the Secretary of State will request counties report to our office any substantive errors in election-related materials provided to voters so that we may assist in mitigating those errors as they occur. In addition, we will use any reported errors to develop best practices to share with all county elections officials to assist them in the preparation of their election-related materials.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2019
  • Response Date: December 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2017-107

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.