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Absentee ballots pouring in at elections headquarters

Absentee ballots were pouring in at the Nevada County Elections Office this afternoon on the eve of the general election.

County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith said she couldn’t predict a turnout, but Secretary of State Bruce McPherson foresaw 55 percent of California’s registered voters turning out. About 44 percent of those state voters will do so by absentee ballot.

Smith will not know how many Nevada County absentee ballots were cast for at least several days, but the percentage has been above 50 percent for the last two major elections. Voters going to the polls can choose to use the new electronic voting system tomorrow, but don’t have to.

“Everyone will be offered a paper ballot at the polls,” Smith said. “Those folks who want to use the touch screen will have to ask for it.”

Polls open at 7 a.m. tomorrow and close at 8 p.m. Absentee ballots can be cast until 8 p.m. at any polling place or at the elections office at 10433 Willow Valley Rd., Suite E, Nevada City. You can also call that office with elections questions at 265-1298.


To contact Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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