Early in-person voting starts for recall election to unseat Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty

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The Shasta County Administration Center on Oct. 12, 2021.

Early in-person voting started Monday in Shasta County for District 2 voters who will decide whether their supervisor, Leonard Moty, should be replaced early next year.

Early voters can cast their ballots at the Elections Department at 1643 Market St. in Redding Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a statement from the elections office said.

Voter information guides are being delivered this week via U.S. mail, according to Shasta County Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen. A new state law mandates that all voters be mailed a ballot for every election.

Voters also have the option of returning their completed ballots to an official drop box or by mail, or to return their ballot in person to the Elections Department.

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On election day only — Feb. 1 — voters can also vote in person at their assigned polling place, the elections office said.

The recall election comes after the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted in November to hold the special election.

Moty would be removed if more than 50% of people who vote in the election vote in favor of the recall.

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Information about candidates, how to cast a recall ballot, drop box locations and polling places is available at the county elections website, ShastaVotes.org.

A digital copy of the voter information guide mailed to each voter is available online.

Only voters who live within the boundaries of Supervisorial District 2 adopted in 2011 are eligible to vote in the recall election, Allen said.

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The new boundaries of all supervisorial districts within the county will be in effect for the election on June 7, 2022. Both versions of the boundary maps can be found here.

The special election is expected to cost Shasta County about $400,000, according to elections officials.

Recall backers claimed supervisors Moty, Mary Rickert and Joe Chimenti did not do enough to reject California’s COVID-19 restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the contagious disease. They also said they believe the county has engaged in wasteful spending during the pandemic.

Although the three supervisors were targets of recall efforts, organizers only were able to submit in late September signed petitions to oust Moty. In October, the county Elections Department announced there were enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

In a written statement addressed to Shasta County residents in October, Moty said: “As a lifelong resident, no one loves this county more. I will not today or any day, turn it over to chaos, bullying and lies.”

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