ELECTION 2020: Malheur County has systems in place to securely process ballots

Gayle Trotter, Malheur County clerk, explains how a team of four workers will work in the room normally used by county commissioners to inspect voter ballots before they are scanned in and counted. The workers represent both major political parties. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

VALE – Gayle Trotter is all about lists to guard against error or fraud in Malheur County’s elections work.

The Malheur County clerk, responsible for processing local ballots, tracks the number of ballots delivered each day from the U.S. Postal Service.

She keeps count of every ballot reviewed for signatures.

Her staff counts every envelope opened, every ballot rejected, and every ballot inspected.

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