Voter receives two absentee ballots |

Voter receives two absentee ballots

A Truckee voter received two identical absentee ballots, which she said raises alarms about the way Nevada County conducts elections.

“(I would) hate to see another Florida,” said Lori Williamson, adding that taxpayers bear the cost of sending duplicate ballots.

“That happens,” County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith said regarding the mistake of sending the same voter two ballots.

Smith said she “couldn’t say” how many voters received multiple ballots.

If residents complete and return multiple ballots only the first one received by the

Elections Office is counted and the voter is reported to the District Attorney, she said.

Residents “have a responsibility” to report receiving more than one absentee ballot, Smith said.

“Should we be leaving that kind of thing up to the voter?” Williamson asked.

“Our system is not competent,” Williamson said, adding she is not likely to vote for the incumbent clerk-recorder after this mishap.

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