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Sample ballot books botched

About 50,000 sample ballot books with erroneous information concerning the March 2 election were printed, and more than half were mailed to voters recently, the Nevada County Elections Office said Friday.

The books told voters they would receive an absentee ballot in the mail and they did not need to re-apply. While that is true for about 20,000 permanent absentee voters who are automatically mailed ballots, the remaining 30,000 will not get ballots in the mail without requesting them.

Voters who received the erroneous information will be mailed an orange correction postcard, which also explains how to apply for an absentee ballot should they want one.



“All we know now is that there was an error in the processing of the sample ballot booklets,” said Paul Houck, owner of MarketPro Direct Mail. His company prints addresses, polling place information and absentee ballot information on the sample booklets.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience this error may cause the voters of Nevada County and are working with the Elections Office to make things right,” Houck said.




County Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said the Elections Office said the printing company paid for the post cards. No tax money was spent as a result of the error, she said.

Voters have the option to vote at the polling place location printed on the back cover of their sample ballot booklet or to apply for an absentee ballot. The erroneous information on the remaining ballots will be covered with a white label before they are mailed Saturday, Jewett-Burdick said.

The second error involved the omission of information related to the Sierra College Bond Measure E. The omission made it unclear that five of the many projects listed are planned at the Nevada County Campus of Sierra College, Jewett-Burdick said.

“It’s vitally important that the voters of Nevada County know that more than $50 million of this bond money will be directly invested in Nevada County and significantly improve and expand the quality of education we offer at Sierra College Nevada County Campus,” Ludutsky-Taylor said.

For more information, call the Elections Office at 265-1297 or visit http://www.mynevadacounty.com/elections on the Web.


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