Former Los Gatos mayor concerned about voter fraud after receiving ballot for dead mother

LOS GATOS (KGO) -- With days to go until Election Day, a former South Bay mayor says he's worried about voter fraud.

Former Los Gatos mayor Steve Rice got some unexpected mail ahead of the primary election in June.

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"I received a ballot for my mother who had passed away about a year before, and also for my son who had moved away about a year before as well," Rice said.

Rice says the Registrar of Voters office told him to write "deceased" and "moved out of state" on the ballots and send them back. He did, but he got the ballots again for the general election, making him wonder about voter fraud.

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"I'm just nervous if I had been so inclined probably could have voted three times this year,"

Impossible says the spokesperson for the registrar of voters.

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"One hundred percent of our vote by mail envelopes, when they come back, are hand-checked, not computer checked. We check them by hand and what we're doing is verifying the person's signature on their registration form against the signature on the vote by mail envelope. If it doesn't match it doesn't get counted," said Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Philip Chantri.

He says questionable signatures are viewed by three employees, one of whom is forensically trained.

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