Senate district lines gaffe fixed for fall election |

Senate district lines gaffe fixed for fall election

A redistricting glitch that left 125 parcels on the wrong side of the new line dividing Nevada County’s 1st and 4th state Senate districts for the March primary has been corrected.

The glitch occurred when the Nevada County Geography Information Systems Department tried to match the state’s new Senate district lines with the county’s voter precinct boundaries, said Diana Carolan, applications manager for GIS.

The 125-parcel island, located six miles east of Grass Valley off Greenhorn Road, was created during the redistricting process and inadvertently left within the 1st District boundary, Carolan said.

“The information didn’t get transferred between the Elections and GIS databases,” Carolan said. “The problem has been fixed, the databases are now in sync, and we’ve put in procedures to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

According to letters sent to the 125 households by Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick Wednesday, “the 4th Senate District contest will appear on your ballot in November.”

“The right to vote is very important, and we have to make sure everyone is included,” said Brett Michelin, spokesman for Assemblyman Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley. “It’s unfortunate that this happens, and we hope it’s taken care of in time for the general election.”

Aanestad, Democrat Marianne Bopp Smith and Libertarian Robert H. Underwood will vie for the 4th district seat to be vacated by Sen. Maurice Johannessen, R-Redding, who must step down due to term limits.

Jewett-Burdick consulted with the Secretary of State’s Office when the problem was discovered.

“The Elections Division Chief says similar problems occur across the state when the Legislature conducts redistricting every 10 years,” her letter said. “The Elections Division Chief agreed that sending individual letters to affected voters was the appropriate response.”

Aanestad defeated Assemblyman Dick Dickerson, R-Redding, in the March primary by nearly 10,000 votes in Nevada County and received 65,012 votes, compared to Dickerson’s 50,012 statewide.

Smith and Underwood ran unopposed.

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