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Humboldt’s Registrar of Voters reflects on last Election Day

EUREKA – “I'm at a point where I have a lot of things I want to do on my own. My friends tell me that when you're retired, everyday is Saturday. I'm really looking forward to that,” Carolyn Crnich, Registrar of Voters, said.

Carolyn Crnich is retiring after more than 30 years of service to our county. During her time at the Elections Office, she has made some great strides. She’s helped keep money here in our county by organizing that ballots be printed locally. She also helped create the “Transparency Project”, the first in the state to allow voters to get copies of ballots and recount for themselves.

“That is really a huge thing. I'm not asking people to trust me, trust what I post. I want you to audit me. I want you to check me again and make sure that the results that were given were correct,” Crnich said.

But the time has come for her to hang up her hat and pass the ballots to her successor. Kelly Sanders, currently the elections manager for the office of elections, will assume the position in 2015.

“I've been working with Carolyn in the elections department for the past 9 years so she's been a great mentor and teacher and a friend. I've learned a tremendous amount of information from her and while I’m going to miss her terribly when she leaves, I’m very excited about the new position,” Sanders said.

Sanders is excited and ready to step up to the job but Crnich has some advice before she goes.

“Stay the course. Make sure everything you do is honest and open, and provide the kind of leadership that I know that she's capable of. Don't ask anybody to do things that you wouldn't do,” Crnich said.

Crnich does not retire officially until January 5 and there is much to do in these last couple of months. But on her final election day as the registrar, she took a moment to reflect.

“I have really been blessed with the staff that I’ve had. And I think Kelly Sanders is going to provide good leadership. I have every confidence in the system that I’m leaving here. 

And Crnich isn’t going far. She has already submitted her application to be a poll worker in future elections.