Nevada County voters can start casting their ballots at 7 a.m. today and have until 8 p.m. to vote in the 2002 general election.

But many voters go to the wrong polling place because they make assumptions about where they think they should vote, said county Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick.

Going to any polling place won’t automatically get you the right ballot. The content of the ballot varies throughout the county, depending on local issues and jurisdictions – and there are 94 ballots for this election, according to Jewett-Burdick.

All registered voters received a Sample Ballot Booklet if they registered by Oct. 7, or a Polling Place Notification postcard if they registered by Oct. 21, telling them where to vote.

Registered voters who lost their booklet or postcard and need last-minute assistance in locating their polling place can go to and click on “Polling Place Lookup” to find their assigned polling place.

But the site cannot determine if someone is registered to vote or registered at the correct address.

Voters who don’t have Internet access can call the Elections Office at 265-1298 to find out if they’re registered to vote and where their polling place is located.

Any registered voter may vote in the lobby of the county Elections Office at 10433 Willow Valley Road, Nevada City.

Voters in line by 8 p.m. are allowed to vote, even if they don’t make it to the voting booth until after the polls close, Jewett-Burdick said.

Absentee ballots – sealed in their special return envelopes and signed by the voter – must be left at the Elections Office or any polling place by 8 p.m. to be counted.

The Elections Office issued 14,481 absentee ballots for today’s election, and as of Monday night, 10,306 had been returned, Jewett-Burdick said.

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