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Nevada County’s Rental Deposit Program, which was previously restricted to operating within the unincorporated areas of Nevada County, now has the authority to operate within the cities of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee.

The Rental Deposit Program is a one-time, first-come, first-serve rental deposit assistance program available to low-income residents of Nevada County.

The prospective renter is expected to locate a rental unit they can afford on an ongoing basis, as these funds are limited to the rental deposit only. The funds will not be available once exhausted. Low-income residents having a difficult time trying to come up with a rental deposit are encouraged to contact the Nevada County Community Development Agency at Housing Division at 265-1388 for more information.

Applications are also available at the Housing Division’s Web site, or at the Housing Division located at 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Demonstration of ballot machine set

County Clerk Kathleen Smith invites the public to participate in a demonstration of the AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal, an electronic ballot preparation machine.

The demonstration will be held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) adopted by Congress in October 2002, mandates every county to provide a voting system that does the following:

• permits each voter to verify and correct his/her ballot before it is cast and counted;

• meets the needs of voters with disabilities in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation as for other voters; and

• provides alternative language accessibility.

In January, Nevada County received a proposal from Election Systems & Software (ES&S) for an enhanced voting system. The proposal from ES&S, in the amount of $1.3 million, includes AutoMark as the solution for meeting the needs of voters with disabilities.

– The Union staff

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