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3 informational forums scheduled; ballot measures explained this Saturday

A local forum set for this weekend is the first of three currently scheduled by the League of Women Voters in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

The 10 a.m. Saturday forum is at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County, the forum will focus on the 17 state and three local ballot measures.

California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, end the death penalty and repeal a ban on single-use plastic bags, among several other issues.

In local measures, Nevada County voters will decide whether to approve a quarter-cent sales tax for the library.

Residents of the Nevada Joint Union High School District will decide if they’ll approve up to $47 million in bonds to pay for school upgrades and improvements.

Nevada City voters will decide on a three-eighths-of-a-cent sales tax for the town’s police and fire services.

Two other events will follow, on Oct. 6 and 20, respectively, said Tracy Pepper, publicity chairwoman with the local League.

“It’s to have the community ask questions, to have elected officials have their views heard,” Pepper added.

The 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 candidate night, at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., will focus on three races — U.S. Senate, the 1st congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and the 1st District of the state Senate.

Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez are running for U.S. Senate. Republican U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa will face Democrat Jim Reed for the 1st District congressional seat. Republican state Sen. Ted Gaines is running against Democrat Rob Rowen for 1st District Senate spot.

The 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 meeting, at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 East Main St., will focus on the three Grass Valley Council incumbents who are running unopposed.

Jan Arbuckle, Howard Levine and Lisa Swarthout secured re-election to the council when no challengers declared for office.

Get out the vote

The local League intends to continue its push toward increasing Nevada County’s number of registered voters. It also wants the county to have the highest voter turnout, per capita, in the state.

“The League of Women Voters is going to do everything we can to continue the push from June 7,” Pepper said.

Nevada County almost achieved its turnout goal for the primary election, reaching 68.25 percent. Joey Jordan, with the League, noted that the county did have the highest turnout among counties that don’t only vote by mail.

Alpine County reached 73.2 percent turnout. Sierra County got 68.4 percent, according to the Secretary of State.

Voter registration has dropped slightly since June 7, local elections records show.

The county had 65,741 registered voters as of Aug. 30, compared to 66,149 on May 23.

Jordan said several local businesses will have voter registration information by their check-out counters, including The Union. People also can register at http://www.registertovote.ca.gov.

The deadline to register is Oct. 24.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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