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With election day looming Tuesday, business is buzzing at the Nevada County Elections office.

Mail-in and other early voting ballots are arriving by the bucket-full, said Assistant County Clerk Recorder Gail Smith.

“The returns have picked up quite a bit,” Smith said Friday. “We had 11 buckets the day before and 10 yesterday.”



All in all, that’s 21,296 ballots returned so far of 43,444 issued by the county, according to the elections website, which also reported a total of 61,461 registered voters so far.

Grass Valley residents Francque Davis and Joan Mosley were among those who had yet to turn in their early ballot.




“I think the state parks (Proposition 21) item is really important, and so is the governor’s race, but I frankly don’t like either candidate very much,” Mosley said on Sunday afternoon.

Grass Valley resident Cheryl Milano said she plans to go to the poll on Tuesday and vote for Jerry Brown and against Proposition 19 that would legalize marijuana.

She said she also plans to vote against Proposition 23, which would reduce environmental standards for the state by temporarily suspending the state’s Clean Air bill that was passed in 2006.

“I think that one’s (Prop 23) pretty important,” she said.

Of the ballots received so far, 7,523 were registered Democrat, 9,748 Republican and 3,108 are decline to state or independent, according to the elections office.

In 2006, the last midterm election, 69.65 percent, or 43,996 voters of the county’s then-registered 63,164 voters turned out.

As of Sept. 15, 24,136 Nevada County residents registered as Republicans, about 40 percent of the 59,882 voters registered so far for the Nov. 2 general election. Just over 33.7 percent, or 20,236 voters, had registered as Democrats, and 11,821 voters – 19.7 percent – decline to state a political party allegiance.

While no ballots are counted until Nov. 2, the elections office started opening early ballots 11 days before super Tuesday in preparation for the count, Smith said.

“My expectations are always very high,” Smith said. “I want people to get out and vote at any election.”

While ballots can be dropped off at polling places Tuesday and the Nevada County Elections Office sweeps all the county’s post offices for ballots at the end of election day, those ballots don’t get counted until the official canvass to certify the election days later.

Election Day weather is expected to be sunny, with a high around 73 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

There are over 40 polling locations throughout the county. For a list, go to http://mynevada county.com/elections/ and scroll down to “List of Poll Workers and Polling Places” to see a complete list with addresses.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.


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