Inyo County Elections

Protecting Your Vote

Transparency – Security – Accountability: These are the compasses that drive our actions.  I and my staff take pride in the work we perform as public servants to ensure our elections are transparent, secure, and accountable.  
— Danielle Sexton, Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters

We regularly hear a lot of information and misinformation nationally about election integrity. We understand there is so much information about Elections right now that it is hard to separate reality from conspiracy. Our biggest fear is that a lack of voter trust will lead to lack of participation. Please don’t let that happen!

As a department, we have always been dedicated to ensuring transparent elections to ensure the highest integrity, protect voter rights and promote voter participation. Our doors are always open, and we work hard every day for the voters in our communities. Examples of our on-going dedication to the integrity of our Election process are as follows:

Our Election Ballot Process

Our office uses Dominion election systems to tabulate ballot results. In a basic explanation, ballots are scanned by ICC Ballot Tabulator units. The results are stored on a local server that is directly connected to these units. The election results reports are printed from a computer also directly connected to this server. This, in the most basic sense, is our use of Dominion for election results. The results are then manually provided to the State. None of the equipment, including the server, is connected to the Internet or any other system. The equipment is incapable of being accessed remotely or connected the internet as their modems have been removed and/or disabled. The physical server is kept in a locked rack.

The ADA and RAVBM Dominion systems are voter accessible ways for paper ballots to be cast.  No electronic voting information is saved or stored in relation to these systems.  For more information visit our Accessible Voting site:

Click Here to read more about Facts about Mailed Ballots. 

EC 18560 – Every person is guilty of a crime punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for 16 months or two or three years, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, who: (a) Not being entitled to vote at an election, fraudulently votes or fraudulently attempts to vote at that election. (b) Being entitled to vote at an election, votes more than once, attempts to vote more than once, or knowingly hands in two or more ballots folded together at that election. (c) Impersonates or attempts to impersonate a voter at an election.

EC 18578 – Any person who applies for, or who votes or attempts to vote, a vote by mail ballot by fraudulently signing the name of a fictitious person, or of a regularly qualified voter, or of a person who is not qualified to vote, is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for 16 months or two or three years, by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.

Our office will report any found or suspected attempts of voting fraud to law enforcement for prosecution.

Transparency – Security – Accountability

Visit our Election Results page to learn about our audit processes, and to view the results of the audits which were performed on prior elections.  A simple explanation of our audits is: random ballots are manually hand counted by the public. The hand count results are compared to the election results reports printed from our Dominion tabulation units.  The results of our past audits have confirmed there are no discrepancies in the elections results.

The Election Observer Panel is open to the public. This panel invited to observe all procedures of the election process, including Logic and Accuracy testing, vote by mail ballot processing, election clerk training, Election Day activities, Election night counting, and canvassing procedures. (Press Release 4/18/22)

Frequently Asked Questions

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