Clerk-recorder reports light voter turnout |

Clerk-recorder reports light voter turnout

Though the elections office at the Rood Center was bustling last night, voter turnout was “very light” at Tuesday’s election, county clerk-recorder Greg Diaz said.

Of 60,049 registered voters, 21,334 ballots (35 percent) were cast Tuesday.

“Perhaps the races didn’t invoke the passion the presidential primary did,” said Diaz, who oversaw the count at the elections office last night. “It’s been a very long political season with so many early presidential primaries. Perhaps voters felt saturated.”

Ballot boxes didn’t begin arriving until 9 p.m. – one hour after the polls closed. Boy Scouts waited in the parking lot and the lobby of the Rood Center to carry the boxes upstairs for counting.

The voting process “worked well” and “things went smoothly,” according to Diaz.

Some voting machines in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee had minor glitches. For example, a ballot box at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building didn’t scan the ballots in the morning, so voters had to drop them in the ballot box.

In addition, a county Web site that helped voters find their polling place wasn’t working properly Tuesday morning, and the feature was taken down.

But most of the problems were “addressed … usually within 20 minutes” by troubleshooters called “field election deputies,” Diaz said.

“No one was disenfranchised,” Diaz said. “Everyone could vote because we had two machines at each precinct. There was always one machine that was up and running.”

Nevada County had 51 polling places used by voters from 69 precincts, Diaz said. Twenty-six percent of all voters cast ballots early and by mail, he said.

“Over the past seven days, we started opening the envelopes of the vote-by-mail ballots,” he said. “We rectified the signatures and prepared them for counting.”

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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