No glitches in Nevada County
November 7, 2012
The election process at one Nevada City voting precinct proceeded without problem Tuesday, according to poll workers, but isolated minor complaints did filter in throughout the day.
“It’s been going rather smoothly,” said Louise Jones, precinct inspector at the Madelyn Helling Library.
While much was made of potential issues with voter intimidation leading up to the election, Jones said, no incidents had occurred at her polling site.
“We’ve had an observer for the entire day, but it’s been fine,” Jones said.
Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell, who volunteered as an Election Field Inspector, said he had heard nothing untoward occurring throughout the entire county.
South county resident Scott Hopper, and Pleasant Ridge School District candidate, reported an apparent minor glitch in relations to Measure K, which seeks to impose a $92 parcel tax to all lands within the boundaries of the Pleasant Ridge district for five years.
The tax would put $920,000 per year into school enrichment programs.
One person said they did not get to vote on Measure K, because they did not receive a second page of the ballot. Nevada County Assistant Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith confirmed that one voter had complained about the issue.
“We got it taken care of immediately, believe me,” she said. “We got a field election deputy down there right away.”
While it was handled within the first half-hour, Hopper expressed concern over how many votes for Measure K might have been lost.
“I’ve worked too hard on this (measure) to lose by four votes,” he said.
Hopper said he would await results before taking any formal action.
“If we’re five votes short, maybe I’ll speak up,” he said. “If we win in a landslide, I’ll be as happy as a clam. If we lose (by a large margin), there would be no reason to cause a ruckus.”
Jones said voter turnout has been low at the polling place, largely due to a decreased roster and an increase in vote-by-mail options.
At about 4:30 p.m., about 150 voters had cast ballots at the 9th Consolidated Precinct, Jones said. In 2008, about 650 voters cast ballots at the same location.
The workers expect an influx of voters after 5 p.m., when people get off of work.
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