2:10pm Update: Nevada County elections attracts L.A. Times | TheUnion.com

2:10pm Update: Nevada County elections attracts L.A. Times

Dan Burkhart Exit poller Colleene Shields gathers information from Nevada County voters for the L.A. Times.
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The Nevada County election didn’t only catch the attention of locals; it also caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times.

Colleene Shields was hired by one of the country’s most prominent newspaper to conduct exit interviews outside the Nevada County Horsemen’s building off Bubbling Wells Road in Grass Valley from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

The interviews, which consist of answering 30 multiple-choice questions about the gubernatorial election, Proposition 49 , Proposition 52 and demographics, were part of a statewide exit poll.

Susan Pinkus, director of The L.A. Times’ Los Angeles Poll, said by phone that the questions were designed to help her staff understand why a candidate or proposition was winning and also to analyze what the demographics mean behind the votes.

About every 45 minutes, Shield’s job responsibilities included calling in the unsigned questionnaires to the poll organizers.

“It’s not fun today,” said Shields by early afternoon, “I had phone problems and couldn’t get through.” The problems were temporarily solved when a poll worker lent her a cell phone.

Estimating that half the voters responded, Shields then clarified her statement to say that those responding were “really fun.”

For all her participation in today’s election and with her own sample ballot filled days ago, Shields didn’t know if she’d be able to make it back to Rough and Ready to vote.

“I don’t know if I’ll have time to make it back to my polling place,” she said.

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