General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Elections

Meet the Elections Staff




Linda Webster, Assistant Registrar of Voters

Linda started with the county in 1989 to help set up the records center. In 1990 she transferred to the Recorder’s Office during the time the clerk and recorder merged to become the Recorder-Clerk. Her first job was scanning all the marriages that were part of the clerk’s office. In 1998 she was part of the transition from hand stamping to scanning and indexing the recorded documents from images. She also worked with the department to implement the first electronic recording with the Treasurer/Tax Collector.

In 2005 Linda transferred to the Election Department to manage the new voting system and eventually moved into the Assistant Registrar of Voters position. Her duties include preparing calendars, overseeing candidate filing, ballot layout, ballot tabulation systems, and Election Day processes.

Linda enjoys anything outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, gardening, etc.



Joe Zitzelberger, Information Technology Coordinator

Joe has been with the County of El Dorado for nearly 37 years. He began his career with the County working central stores, then transitioned to Elections in 1990. Joe is responsible for the health and maintenance of the Voter Registration system, all ballot tabulation and Vote Center ADA devices, Mobile Ballot Printing system, and Voter Registration connectivity. Joe has a slew of other duties and is the resident Subject Matter Expert on the California Election Code.

Joe came to El Dorado County from Southern California with gold fever and spent much of his time prospecting in the rivers around the County. He still enjoy prospecting and wandering the deserts of Nevada and Arizona visiting old mining towns looking for treasures.



Ted Castle, Precinct Planning Specialist

Ted is responsible for all of our precincts (soon to be vote center) operations. He works tirelessly in GIS to understand the demographics of our county and identify convenient polling/vote center locations for voters. He does this by identifying the population areas, traffic patterns, public transit routes, and many other factors. He gets permission from facility owners to use their location and surveys each site to ensure they meet the accessibility and disability requirements for our voters. 

Ted is also responsible for voter registrations cards, ensuring voters are registered, and electronic records received from state Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Ted is married with two kids as well as two grandkids. He is an avid and dangerous tennis player but when he is not running everyone ragged on the tennis court you’ll find him hiking in the El Dorado County forests.



Kim Smith, Elections Technician II

Kim handles all Candidate Filings and Campaign Committee Filings. She provides training classes for candidates and potential candidates to help them with the filing and reporting requirements. She manages the Statements of Economic Interest and County and District Conflicts of Interest statement and filing.

She manages the department’s internal Extra-Help who handle return ballot signature checking, opening, and tabulation. Kim has taken on a new role as the department’s Project Manager, ensuring the changeover to voting systems meets all county and state requirements while hitting each stringent milestone. You will see Kim at the front counter assisting voters when you visit our office.

Kim has been married 28 years and has one son and daughter and enjoys camping/glamping with her family, often times at NASCAR races where she is a huge Jimmy Johnson fan. She enjoys gardening, cooking and canning, crafting, decorating, the Dallas Cowboys, and of course Beer and Wine tasting. Kim and her husband are Rotarians with the Placerville Rotary.



Cyndi Morrison, Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Morrison performs a variety of duties to take care of the office’s needs. Most duties are secretarial and office support duties such as taking care of the mail, paying bills, handling deposits, composing correspondence, answering and directing phones, serving the front counter, processing invoices, recordkeeping, and daily election related duties.

Cyndi is a lover of life and full of adventure. She is a mother of six grown children, two horses, two dogs, and four cats. She loves to hike in Desolation Wilderness with her family and go four-wheeling with her husband in their Jeep. She loves to sew, upholster, paint, draw, play games, and watch movies with and cook for her family. 

She also really loves taking naps.



Jonathan Podkomorka, Elections Technician

Jonathan is the newest member of the elections team. His initial responsibilities include updating the Election's website as well as maintaining social media. Jonathan will be handling military, overseas, and absentee voters as well as ballot tabulation. He will be working with Vote Center staff on training and technology and applying his Computer Science degree to all aspect of the Elections Department.

Jonathan was raised here in El Dorado, returning to work for the county after receiving his bachelors of science from Humboldt State University.