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Polls open for primary

Voters today will have a chance to decide, among other important issues, who will represent them locally and which Democrat should advance to face President Bush in November.

In Nevada County, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The Nevada County Elections Office at 10433 Willow Valley Road, Suite E, in Nevada City is also open to all voters today.

Contests on today’s ballot include party primaries for U.S. president, U.S. representative, state senator and state Assembly member. Three Nevada County Board of Supervisors seats are also up for vote, as are three spots on the Nevada City City Council.



Sierra College is seeking voter approval for its $394 million bond issue called Measure E, and four state measures on the ballot include the governor’s $15 billion “Economic Recovery Bond Act,” labeled Proposition 57.

In Nevada County, more than half of the absentee ballots mailed to 23,644 voters had been returned to the Elections Office by Monday. As of Monday afternoon, 14,660 voted ballots already were in.




Absentee ballots make up 39 percent of 60,180 potential local votes for today’s primary. In the 2000 presidential primary, absentee ballots accounted for 26.9 percent of ballots cast in Nevada County, according to the elections office.

Voters who did not mail their absentee ballots may drop them off at the Elections Office or at any Nevada County polling place today. Absentee voters who have lost their ballots, including those in “Vote by Mail Only” precincts, may go to the Elections Office to vote.

Polling places are printed on the back of voter information pamphlets mailed in January. Voters may also find their voting places by visiting the Elections Office Web site at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/elections.

Voters whose names are not listed on the official polling place roster, or who are listed at an old address, should contact the Elections Office at 265-1298 or toll-free at (888) 395-1298. 8 p.m.


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