On April 1, I was one of three people who oversaw a recount of two precincts, which was requested by my brother, Supervisor Tony Tirado. I first must take the time to wholeheartedly thank those five individuals (three ladies and two gentlemen) who actually did the recount. They did their work diligently and very professionally, and I applaud them.
However, I personally did not expect to find any irregularities in the numbers. My real concern is what happened on March 5 (election day) and soon thereafter. It is known that at least one precinct in Calexico did not have voting machines for some three hours. Think about it: this was election day and there are no voting machines at a precinct! This is like sending a police officer out on the streets to fight crime but you forgot to issue him a weapon.
Secondly, I was told that because there were no voting machines, people were being asked to mark their ballots (for whom they wanted to vote for) with a pencil and they would later match that ballot with another, use the voting machine, and basically re-vote that particular ballot for you. I do not know how most of you feel, but I would not feel as though I had voted if someone was going to re-vote for me at the end of the day.