Ballot measure arguments face tight deadlines in Nevada County pot, Nevada City online rentals and business license measures
March 2, 2016
Proponents of three local ballot initiatives slated for the June 7 election have a week from today to get their arguments to the Nevada County elections office.
The arguments, limited to 300 words, are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Elections officials will then distribute them to their respective opponents, who will have until Feb. 26 to deliver their 250-word rebuttals.
Between Feb. 29 and March 9, voters can file a writ of mandate or injunction with the courts in an attempt to amend or remove an argument, said Sandra Sjoberg, assistant county clerk-recorder/registrar of voters.
The written arguments will be printed and made available to voters around late April.
Measure W will ask Nevada County voters if they want a ban on outdoor marijuana grows and a 12-plant limitation to indoor grows in the unincorporated area.
The other ballot measures are restricted to Nevada City residents.
Measure X will ask city residents to simplify the business license tax. Measure Y would impose stricter rules for online room rentals, if it passes.
There will be no arguments about the State of Jefferson for the primary election, Sjoberg said.
"They will not make it on the June ballot," she added.
The non-binding measure would have asked voters if they want to leave California and form a new state. That measure will appear on the November general election ballot, if it has enough signatures to qualify.
The ballot argument deadline falls on the heels of another line in the sand. Candidates and committees were required to submit campaign disclosures by Feb. 2.
Elections officials on Wednesday mailed letters to those who failed to meet that deadline. Not all those who received letters are running for election or supporting a ballot measure this year. Candidates or committees who have campaign funds from a previous election must file a report, said Kristin Kopec, with the elections office.
"This is a friendly reminder," she added.
According to Kopec, letters were mailed to Supervisor Dan Miller, who isn't up for re-election this year; and Supervisor Ed Scofield, whose seat is up for election in June.
The elections office also sent letters to the Committee to Re-elect Gerald Herrick for Director, Truckee Fire Protection District; Nevada County Citizens for Responsible Government; the Nevada County Republican Assembly; and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association Alliance.
The local elections office charges no penalty for missing the deadline. It can, however, refer those who fail to submit their disclosures to the state Fair Political Practices Commission.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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