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Special Election to decide State Senate seat

Today is the final day to vote in the Special Election to decide who will represent a portion of Nevada County in the District 4 State Senate Seat.

Republican Jim Nielsen will vie with Democrat Mickey Harrington for the right to replace Doug LaMalfa, who began his stint as a U.S. Congressman last week.

Polling places for county residents have been consolidated from the November election in an attempt to reduce the cost of the election, said Nevada County Assistant Registrar of Voters Gail Smith.

“(It is an) attempt to lower the cost and ease the burden put on the county’s general fund,” Smith said.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The Nevada County Elections Office provides a polling place look-up service at

Voters can also look at the back of the sample ballot pamphlet to determine where to cast a vote.

The election does not cover the entire county, so residents who did not receive a ballot may not be eligible to vote, Smith said. Harrington and Nielsen both said the special election lacks the attention due to its timing apart from the general election. Nielsen was regarded as the frontrunner in November, but did not garner the 50 percent plus one vote needed to prevent a special election. He totaled 49.8 percent to Harrington’s 27.7 percent.

Smith said she does not expect the election to cost more than $250,000.

The November election was complicated by the candidacy of another Republican, Dan Logue, who withdrew from the race due to reported health complications but still appeared on the ballot.

Logue took a significant portion of the conservative vote in Nevada County, garnering 5,731 votes for 14.54 percent of the turnout.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call (530) 477-4239.

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