El Dorado officials hope for new vote count system soon
El Dorado County officials hope to have a new software system up and running by next year, which would help speed ballot counts on election night.
Ballots from South Lake Tahoe were not counted until 1 a.m. Wednesday because they had to be driven to Placerville where the county’s election headquarters are located.
“It looks like this will be the last time we will have to face this, because the whole state of California is going to the electronic system soon,” said Dave Solaro, El Dorado County supervisor.
With newer equipment, results could be expected by 8 or 8:30 on election night, he said.
“We’ll have one in place by July 1. We have to go bid on it,” said Bill Schultz, recorder, clerk and registrar for El Dorado County. “I have selected a chairman for a citizens’ committee to help choose the system. It will more than likely be an electronic system or an optical scan system.”
Because the voting software has not been purchased or chosen yet, Schultz couldn’t guarantee that it would make it possible for ballots cast in South Shore to be counted here. But that was one of his goals, he said.
“That’s what I’m going to push for,” he said.