As voting citizens, we should be horrified that Napa County is the new Florida when it comes to election (mis)management.
John Tuteur has once again defined himself as an incompetent administrator when it comes to his elections department responsibilities. How can we allow such poor performance to continue election after election?
Under his control, the county has suffered lawsuits for mismanaging election ballots and district boundaries. His ballot instructions seem plagued with one or more mistakes.
Now we have a new problem: getting ballots counted promptly. It’s disgraceful that 28,000 of the projected 61,000 ballots cast, or 46 percent, have gone uncounted, especially with so many races hanging in the balance, such as the mayor of Calistoga (25 votes), Calistoga City Council (8 votes) and the Mark Luce-Mark van Gorder, District 2 race (255 votes) to name a few.
As citizens, we want our leaders to move forward immediately after an election, but they can’t, if they don’t know who they are.
Having only 45 percent of the votes counted is shameful. It is mystifying that Tuteur will release the final results only after Thanksgiving, even though he promised he would have all ballots counted within a week.
His commentary that the uncounted votes could not alter an outcome is arrogant and disrespectful of the hard work by candidates and proposition workers. Also, it is simply untrue.
It’s clear the (Tuteur) has too much on his plate. The next time someone runs against him, we need to make sure he is voted out of office.
In the meantime, contact your supervisor (if you know who he or she is, before all of the ballots ever get counted) and require Mr. Tuteur to release the results daily. The Board of Supervisors should also review why things continually go wrong in the Napa County elections department and get it fixed.
Write to urge integrity and transparency: It’s the only way we can ensure no one can steal a Napa County election.
If you’re as angry about John Tuteur and the elections department, as I am, let your voices be heard.
Kathleen Herdell / St. Helena