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Does one vote matter? Look here

Nevada City’s race for treasurer is not over as Tuesday’s apparent winner now trails by one vote, unofficial results show.

So far Neil Locke is winning, Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said Wednesday, but two more ballots have yet to be opened. Their validity has yet to be determined, she added.

Unofficial results Tuesday showed incumbent Logan “Gene” Downing had 500 votes, or four more votes than Locke, the co-owner of a coffee shop in Nevada City.

After absentee votes were counted Wednesday, Locke ended the day with 513 votes – one more than Downing’s 512.

All absentee ballots are signed to make sure the signature matches the ones on file.

Jewett-Burdick said the signature on one of the ballots does not seem to be the same as the one on file. Jewett-Burdick said she’s going to call the woman to determine if the signature is hers.

The other absentee ballot was filed by someone whose name does not appear on the registrar’s list, Jewett-Burdick said.

The man contends he registered to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Ersel Edwards could decide the matter in the next day or two.

If the contest ends in a tie, Jewett-Burdick said, Downing and Locke will go on the November ballot.

The Nevada City treasurer is paid $100 a month. The treasurer can sign checks and advises the City Council and staff on the city’s finances.

Neither Downing nor Locke could be reached for comment Wednesday.

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