The June 3 statewide Direct Primary Election is rapidly approaching. Ballots have already been sent to uniformed and overseas voters, well before the April 19 E-45 deadline, said Gregory J. Diaz, Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, in a press release. Diaz said his office has greatly improved its military/overseas ballot delivery by implementing Democracy Live, a web-based voter service and electronic ballot delivery system.
The most significant challenge to serving military and overseas voters is the long time it takes to deliver ballots and have them returned, Diaz said.
“The Democracy Live technology enables us to streamline ballot delivery to our voters anywhere in the world,” he said. “Democracy Live provides the voter with an intuitive, easy-to-follow process that ensures the correct ballot is delivered every time, and the voter has everything necessary to complete and return their ballot in accordance with state and federal laws.”
Democracy Live features include online voter registration, notification of ballot availability, the ability to retrieve ballots online, and to track ballot return status for military and overseas voters. Current law does not allow voters to mark the ballot online or return the ballot via email. Electronically delivered ballots must be mailed or faxed back to the Elections Department.
“We anticipate an increase in ballot return rates for military and overseas voters with implementation of Democracy Live software,” Diaz said.
Also, Diaz said, for the first time in recent memory, there will be no party ballots given to voters. All voters can now vote in the June 3 Statewide Direct Primary Election, regardless of party preference.
“The Democracy Live technology enables us to streamline ballot delivery to our voters anywhere in the world.”
Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Gregory J. Diaz