Voter Fraud Prevention Unit created
A Voter Fraud Prevention Unit has been formed to protect Nevada County election participants in the March 2 primary.
The team was created, county officials said, as a safeguard in the wake of changes in state election laws, which no longer require voters to provide proof of residency when casting a provisional ballot.
If voters who cast provisional ballots lie about where they live in order to vote outside of their districts, the ballots will not be counted and they will be prosecuted by the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said.
Provisional ballots are used when voters arrive at polling sites but find their names do not appear on precinct rosters.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Elections Office to investigate allegations of fraud and, if warranted, refer investigations to the district attorney’s office for prosecution or further review.
Anyone who suspects voter fraud should call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 470-2400 and leaving a detailed message, county officials said. All calls will be treated confidentially.
Deadline to apply to get absentee ballots by mail
Tuesday is the deadline to apply for absentee ballots for those voters who want to receive the ballot through the mail. Applications are available on the back of voter information pamphlets.
The postcard application, signed in the voter’s own handwriting, must be received by the Nevada County Elections Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Postmarks do not count. Applications may also be faxed to the Elections Office at 265-9829.
Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the Nevada County Elections Office or any Nevada County polling place by 8 p.m. on March 2, the day of the California primary election.
For more information, call the Elections Office at 265-1298, or, from Lake of the Pines or Truckee (in Nevada County) call toll-free (888) 395-1298.
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