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New county voting system could bring slow results

Nevada County’s new voting system has been approved by the state, but Presidential primary election night results could be slow because they have to be driven to Nevada City for the final tally.

“The greatest impact is that voting results can no longer be electronically sent to the main computer,” County Clerk-Recorder Gregory Diaz today.

Nevada County enjoyed electronic tallying from its widespread voting sites for the many years, Diaz said, but new election rules from Secretary of State Deborah Bowen now prohibit that.

That means results may be slow to arrive at the Rood Center from outlying polling places like North San Juan, Washington and Truckee after they close at 8 p.m. for the Feb. 5, 2008 primary.

“If we have inclement weather February 5, the drive from Truckee could be slow,” Diaz said.

A number of rural county election officials and Diaz are working with Bowen to get an electronic sending system in place for the primary, Diaz said, but there is no guarantee that will occur.

For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.

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