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Voters can recast ballots

To correct a voter information pamphlet error, Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith said Thursday that absentee voters who already filled out their ballots will be allowed to recast them if their decision changes once they have the correct information.

Absentee ballots that already have been returned from Grass Valley and Nevada City are being separated so voters can make different selections if they choose, she said.

The problem surfaced when Measure S, a sales tax measure that will fund road repair in Nevada City, appeared in the voter guide next to the expenditure plan for Measure T – Grass Valley’s similar measure to fund transportation projects. Grass Valley voters did not receive the expenditure plan for Measure T.



In an effort to correct the mistake, the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder’s office has sent additional mailers to registered voters and plans to mail more.

A letter was mailed to Nevada City residents on Wednesday containing the correct expenditure plan for Measure S, Nevada City’s proposed half-cent sales tax for road repairs, Smith said. The Elections Office also said it would send postcards to Nevada City voters telling them they may recast their ballots.




Grass Valley voters will be mailed the expenditure plan for Measure T they did not receive, which instead was included in the Nevada City information packet.

“That similar issue happened in Sacramento last election (June 6),” according to the California Secretary of State’s Office. The Fair Political Practices Commission said there are certain requirements for information in voter packets but this situation did not appear to violate any codes.

Smith had no comment as to who would be paying for the additional mailers. Martin and Chapman, the Anaheim-based company Smith said printed the materials, did not immediately return phone calls.

No votes are counted until seven days prior to the election, Smith said, when they are electronically scanned. One percent of ballots are legally required to be hand-counted to check the accuracy of voting machines, she added.

Paul Matson, co-chairman of Nevada City’s Citizens Committee to Fix Our Streets, said he “very much appreciates the efforts of the Clerk-Recorder’s office” to fix the errors.

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To reach Staff Writer Josh Singer, e-mail joshs@theunion.com or call 4777-4234.


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