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Attention voters: Mail-in ballots may arrive later than usual

Sun staff report

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Nevada, Placer and El Dorado county voters may receive their mail-in ballots later than usual this year.

The field for the District 1 California Senate seat wasn’t finalized until late September, delaying the date the Nevada County Elections Office could send out ballots until Friday, Oct. 8, and some still have yet to make it into Truckee/Tahoe mailboxes, elections officials said. The seat opened unexpectedly in July when Sen. Dave Cox died of prostate cancer halfway through his four-year term.

The counties send out mail-in ballots until seven days before an election, which is the last day voters may request to cast an absentee ballot, said Nevada County Assistant Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith.

The last day to register to vote in California the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 18.

Registered voters can still apply for mail-in ballots between Oct. 4 and Oct. 26, and the last day for a change of address within the county is also Oct. 18.

Polling places will be open Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.