Tuesday’s primary election will determine new supervisors, Measure W
All polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for the primary election that will determine the winners of several Nevada County offices and ballot initiatives.
County voters will choose candidates running for the District 1 and 2 seats on the Board of Supervisors. They’ll also decide whether to pass Measure W, which if approved would impose an outdoor medical marijuana grow ban and limit indoor grows to 12 plants.
That ban would augment the existing grow prohibition the supervisors implemented on Jan. 12.
Nevada City voters will decide on Measure Y and X. Measure Y is about short-term rentals. Measure X would change the business license fee structure.
Nevada County voters also have state Assembly and Senate seats to decide, as well as two Congressional races, a U.S. Senate seat and president of the United States.
Voters will know this week the fate of local races and initiatives. State, congressional and U.S. Senate candidates who place first or second in their primaries must proceed to the November general election.
A handful of local races are uncontested. The District 5 supervisor, three candidates for the Nevada City Council, the Nevada City clerk and a Superior Court judge are guaranteed office.
Voters should have received an election information pamphlet in the mail. That pamphlet includes details about each person’s voting precinct, their ballot and the candidates.
Voters can find their pamphlet and precinct online at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections and then follow the “June 7, 2016, election information” link.
The elections office is at 530-265-1298.
There were 66,149 registered Nevada County voters on May 23, the last day people could register to vote in Tuesday’s election. That’s compared to 61,711 in the 2014 primary election.
There are currently 24,474 registered Democrats, 23,286 Republicans and 14,213 no party preference voters.
In 2014, there were 20,163 Democrats, 22,517 Republicans and 14,258 no party preference.
Political party affiliation affects little. All voters can cast ballots for any candidate in their district, excepting president.
A voter must be a registered Republican to vote in that party’s primary.
Three parties — American Independent, Democratic and Libertarian — opened their primaries. That means no party preference voters can cast ballots in those parties’ primaries.
Precinct workers will alert no party preference voters about their ballot choices.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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