Slow returns frustrate candidates and voters |

Slow returns frustrate candidates and voters

Despite new machines that were expected to speed up vote counting Tuesday in Nevada County, results trickled in more slowly than in nearby counties.

In Placer County, the elections office had posted results of 100 percent of its 365 precincts by 11:37 p.m., according to its county Web site. Sacramento County had 91 percent of its 970 precincts counted by 11:40 p.m.

By contrast, as of 12:30 a.m., Nevada County’s Elections Office had posted results from 59 of its 101 precincts (or 58 percent) for the countywide Superior Court judges race between Tom Anderson and Ray Shine.

“We’ve prepared ourselves for not knowing” at least until today, Anderson said late Tuesday.

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith declined to comment on the slowness of returns.

“I don’t have a comment,” Smith said when she answered her cellular telephone at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday. “Thank you,” she said, and then there was silence on the line.

Statewide, returns also were better than in the county, with 70 percent of precincts counted in the gubernatorial race by 12:30 a.m.

Some local candidates waiting for returns grumbled among themselves about the slow pace. One campaign partier commented about similar slowness for returns from the June primary.

New voting machines Smith rented from Diebold Inc. included optical scanners at each polling place, which had been expected to make the vote counting much faster than in the past.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236. To contact Staff Writer Josh Singer, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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