That turnouts were sparse and that many of those who attended the hearings were aggrieved parties should not discourage county officials on their course of local election reform.
Elections do need reform in Imperial County, and they need it soon. There have been controversies in almost all local elections over the last several years, with problems such as lightly (at best) trained poll workers, confusing ballots, ballot boxes disappearing for unexplained periods of time, election night results overturned upon the counting of absentee and other ballots, improper voting equipment and procedure, myriad problems with absentee ballots and allegations of voter fraud by candidates and their campaign workers.
We have said this before, but such improprieties, and even perceived improprieties, do nothing but bad things for the county's electoral process. People who lose faith in a system soon won't participate in that system, and that lack of participation tears at the heart of our democratic process. We don't know if the masses have lost faith in the system here yet, but they seem to be on that precipice.