Voter packet error ‘disappointing’
County and city officials expressed disappointment Wednesday about the voter packets that were mailed out containing Grass Valley’s Measure T expenditure plan under Nevada City’s Measure S information.
Nevada City Councilor Barbara Coffman said she was “upset” to see the error, which “gives the appearance that Nevada City wants to build an overpass on Brunswick” in Grass Valley.
“It’s the best you can do,” she said of the clerk-recorder’s plan to send more mailers that will point out the correct sales tax plan.
“It’s disappointing,” Nevada County Board of Supervisors chair Nate Beason said about the mistake. He represents District 1, which includes Nevada City.
“What really hurts is the people who already voted and didn’t have the information,” said Grass Valley Mayor Gerard Tassone. “It’s one of those things you don’t ever expect to happen.”
The elected Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith, responsible for sending the packets, did not return phone calls from The Union Wednesday.
The group supporting Measure S in Nevada City has been spreading the word about the mistake in the voter pamphlet.
“People were initially confused,” said Paul Matson, co-chairman of the Citizens Committee to Fix Our Streets. “A lot of people are (now) aware of what happened as far as Nevada City voters are concerned.”
Nevada City voters were mailed a sales tax expenditure plan for Grass Valley’s Measure T along with information about Nevada City’s Measure S. Campaigners for the half-cent sales tax in Nevada City were concerned that voters would think the proposed sales tax would be used to fund road repairs in Grass Valley.
No official argument has been filed against Measure S, and the area has many absentee voters who may have already filled out their ballots with the information available at the time.
“I really can’t measure that,” Matson said of the potential negative impact of sending the wrong information. “It depends on how many people voted prior to this issue.”
Campaigners for the measures have now been trying to point people to the right information. Both tax measures can be found at their respective city’s City Halls or Web sites: http://www.fixourstreets.com (Nevada City) or cityofgrassvalley.com.
Terry Lamphier, a Grass Valley Council candidate who wrote an argument against Measure T, said a mistake by the elections office made his statement seem confusing.
To reach Staff Writer Josh Singer e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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