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Absentee voters who didn’t vote must reapply

If you’re one of the 801 registered Nevada County voters who requested permanent absentee voting status but didn’t vote in November, you’ll have to reapply for the privilege.

“Taxpayers paid to mail those voters an absentee ballot, but then those voters didn’t even vote so they lose that special privilege,” said assistant county clerk-recorder Joy Massey.

The California Election Code states a voter who has applied for permanent absentee status must vote in a statewide election or lose that status. They may reapply for that privilege at the Elections Office.

Once a person loses the permanent absentee voter status, however, that individual is still registered to vote. The process of purging the names of those with the permanent absentee status occurs after each election cycle, Massey said.

There are still more than 9,200 registered voters in Nevada County that have permanent absentee voter status, she added. For more information, contact Massey at 265-1493.

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