Election questions, answers
Do you have questions about Tuesday’s Primary? The primary election is Tuesday, and voters will have several decisions to make. To help voters be best prepared, The Union has compiled answers to several questions voters may be pondering.
What are the local races on Tuesday’s ballot? There are three county supervisor seats and three Nevada City City Council seats up for election. Also, there are several state and national offices, four propositions and one local bond measure on the ballet.
Who are the supervisor candidates? There are three candidates for the District 1 seat held by Peter Van Zant, who is not seeking re-election: retired Navy Capt. Nate Beason, firefighter and businessman Josh Ramey, and retired executive director and rehabilitation counselor Olivia Diaz.
District 2 Supervisor Sue Horne is fighting to retain her seat facing challenger Steve O’Rourke, who is a businessman.
Truckee Mayor Ted Owens is running uncontested for the District 5 seat currently held by Barbara Green.
Who are the Nevada City City Council candidates? Three seats are up for election on the Nevada City City Council, currently held by David McKay, Steve Cottrell and Thomas Balch. The four challengers for three seats include incumbents McKay and Cottrell, The Union business manager Sally Harris and Realtor Ruth Poulter.
How many votes are needed to win? One of the District 1 candidates could win Tuesday with 51 percent. If neither Beason, Ramey nor Diaz receives 51 percent, the two candidates with the most votes will face off in the general election in November.
In District 2 and District 5, the candidate who receives the most votes wins.
Nevada City voters will choose three of the four Nevada City City Council candidates, and the three candidates with the highest percentage of votes will win.
Will there be a runoff if none of the supervisor candidates receives 51 percent of the votes? Only in District 1, if none of the candidates wins 51 percent of the vote.
Does Ted Owens have to get 51 percent to win? Yes. However, since he is the only candidate for District 5, he will get 100 percent of the votes.
Are there any write-in candidates for the races? Is it too late to declare a write-in candidacy? Yes. There are write-in candidates for the presidential and U.S. Senate races. However, there are no certified write-in candidates in the local races. It is too late to declare a write-in candidacy.
When do the candidates take office? January 2005.
Which state and national races are on the ballot? Partisan races for the nomination for president, the U.S. Senate, U.S. representative, California District 1 state senator and state assemblyman. For information on who is challenging incumbents U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California; U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville; State Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico, visit http://www.vote-smart.org. By imputing a 9-digit ZIP code, voters can access the list of candidates they will be voting for or against and their biographies and voting records, along with other information.
What are the measures and propositions on the ballot? Voters will vote for or against Sierra Bond Measure E, as well as state propositions 55, 56, 57 and 58. For arguments and rebuttals on the state propositions, visit the Secretary of State Web site at http://www.ss.ca.gov. Sierra Bond Measure E information can be found at http://new.mynevadacounty.com/elections/.
How do I find out where my polling place is? Voters can find out their polling place on the Internet at http://election.co.nevada.ca.us/voteloc.php3 or by calling the Elections Office at 265-1298.
Can I vote at a different polling place? No. The ballots are different in the various districts, which limits where voters can vote.
Where do I drop off my absentee ballot? At the Nevada County Elections Office, 10433 Willow Valley Road, or any polling place by 8 p.m. Tuesday. If voters in all-mail ballot precincts have lost their ballots, they should vote at the Elections Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday or 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
If I live in an all mail-in precinct, can I go to the Elections Office to vote? Yes. Any voter can go to the Elections Office to vote or drop off an absentee ballot.
I just discovered I won’t be able to go to the polls Tuesday, but it’s too late to get an absentee ballot. What should I do? Go to the Elections Office to vote Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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