More than 20K ballots returned in Nevada County for special election
More than 20,000 vote-by-mail ballots in the Nov. 5 state Assembly District 1 special election between Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt and Republican Megan Dahle have been returned to the Nevada County elections office, officials said Friday.
District 1, which includes Nevada County and eight other counties, was left up for grabs when Brian Dahle, Megan Dahle’s husband, won a special election for the District 1 state Senate seat in June and vacated his old position.
Betancourt and Megan Dahle earned their spots in the Nov. 5 runoff — with 38.6% and 35.6% of the vote, respectively — after garnering the most votes in a five-person primary field for the state Assembly seat.
The returned ballots represent 29% of the county’s 68,097 active registered voters. As of Friday, Nevada County had 25,100 registered Democrats and 22,120 registered Republicans. The number of county voters who declined to state their political preference or have no party preference is 16,281.
Residents can still vote and register at vote centers up until Election Day at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City; and Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday. Hours will expand on Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A vote center in Grass Valley at the Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank St., Grass Valley, will open during the same hours the day of the election.
The following drop box locations can be used to submit ballots before 8 p.m. Nov. 5:
Eric Rood Administrative Center parking lot, open 24 hours daily: 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City
SPD Market, open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., 129 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley
Save Mart, open daily, 6 a.m. to midnight, 12054 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley
Gold Miners Inn, open 24 hours daily, 121 Bank St., Grass Valley
Holiday Market, open daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 11324 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley
Holiday Market, open daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 10952 Combie Road, South County
Truckee Town Hall, open 24 hours daily, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee
Save Mart, open daily, 6 a.m. to midnight, 11399 Deerfield Drive, Truckee
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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This story will be updated as more votes are counted. The results must be certified by Oct. 22.