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Voting concerns

On Nov. 7, I voted for the first time in Nevada County and I’m troubled about the process I encountered. The ballot reader was not working, so the best I could do was deposit my ballot in the machine’s holding chamber. And poll workers (friendly people who reported receiving little training) did not know if they should give receipts to voters, nor how to do so. The result: I am not confident that my vote was counted, and I cannot prove that I tried.

Given the ongoing questions about the integrity of elections in the U.S. today, no community or state can afford to be lax about its electoral process. If lack of confidence in the electoral system becomes widespread, the very legitimacy of our institutions will be called into question, severely testing the strength of our democracy.

Gary Gardner



Grass Valley


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