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Looking forward to Nov. 2 election

Our office is very busy preparing for the upcoming Nov. 2 Consolidated General Election. There will be dozens of voter decisions, including federal, state and local candidates along with nine statewide propositions and two local measures. This means your official ballot will consist of two cards and we will identify the cards by having Card A or Card B printed right on the card.

The official ballot lists the offices, candidates, propositions and measures that will be presented to voters, formatted according to detailed statutory specifications. Creation of the ballot begins with associating a particular combination of contests with each precinct. This combination is called a “ballot style.” Nevada County will employ 25 ballot styles for the upcoming General Election.

It is a wonderful privilege in a democracy to have a choice and the right to voice your opinion. As you know, some contests really do come down to a narrow margin of just a few votes. Whether you cast your ballot at a polling place or by mail, I encourage you to take the time to carefully read about each candidate and ballot measure – and to know your voting rights.

The California Secretary of State will issue an Official Voter Information Guide which includes information on statewide candidates, text of the proposed laws, impartial analyses of the law and potential costs to taxpayers, arguments for and against ballot propositions and other useful information. Information about non-statewide candidates and measures is available in your county sample ballot booklet which is prepared and disseminated by our office.

The Secretary of State also has a wonderful brochure entitled “A Guide to Voting in California.” This guide describes many of the rights and responsibilities of voters and provides important information voters need in order to play an active role in the elections process. This brochure is available online at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter_ed.htm. You can also order copies of the brochure directly from the Secretary of State. A video version (including American Sign Language) of the brochure is also available at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_dis.htm.

Given the home foreclosure rates in California continue to remain high, I thought it important to clarify the issue of whether a voter who, for example, has recently left their home due to a foreclosure, is required to re-register to vote at a different address.

Below is the response included in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that is posted on our website at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/elections:

My home is in foreclosure, can I still vote?

Yes. Know that you may still vote even if you have left your home because of a foreclosure. If you have not formed a new permanent residence, you may vote where you were previously registered.

As I have mentioned, many times on these pages, I wholeheartedly endorse the principles of open and transparent elections. We respect your role in our success at being accountable for the accuracy, security, transparency and integrity of all our election processes.

To the fullest extent allowed by law and by the logistical and security constraints required to preserve the security of our voting systems and the privacy of our voters, we invite and accommodate all observers. We have Observer Guidelines on our website to support this program. We welcome any questions you may have.

Last election, we announced a new program we call SCOPE: Service and Community Organizations Partnering with Elections, which allows service clubs to staff a polling place on Election Day and donate the money they earn to their organization. For the Nov. 2 Election, eight groups have chosen to work with us, and we hope more groups will join us in future elections.

For more information on program requirements, please contact the elections office at (530) 265-1298.

On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Early voting will be available at the Rood Center located at 950 Maidu Avenue and at Truckee Town Hall beginning on Oct. 4, 2010.

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 2 Consolidated General Election is Oct.18. The last day to apply to vote by mail is Oct. 26.

Gregory J. Diaz is the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters

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