Poll inspector is fired on Election Day

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A San Benito County poll inspector was fired on Election Day for
giving

too much of their own opinion

while interpreting a ballot for a local resident, head elections
official Joe Paul Gonzalez confirmed.
A San Benito County poll inspector was fired on Election Day for giving “too much of their own opinion” while interpreting a ballot for a local resident, head elections official Joe Paul Gonzalez confirmed.

At about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2, the head poll worker at an undisclosed location had been interpreting the ballot for a Spanish-speaking resident and went too far in sharing his or her opinion, Gonzalez said.

“I think the poll worker probably misspoke probably, gave too much of their own opinion,” Gonzalez said. “We both agreed that was inappropriate.”

It came up through a complaint from another resident, said Gonzalez, who responded by “relieving” the inspector at that site.

As to whether the interpreter explicitly told the resident how to vote, Gonzalez responded, “I don’t think that happened.” He went on: “What I want absolutely put to rest – this only was a one-time incident. It did not happen with anybody else.”

Gonzalez, the county clerk/auditor/recorder, said there were four other poll workers at the site. He said he “looked into it” further on Tuesday to ensure the inspector was not witnessed sharing an opinion with other voters.

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