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Confusion over Measure A ballots

Abby Hutchison

Nevada County voters who wish to vote absentee on Measure A in the March 6 special election should use the application for absentee voter’s ballot located on the back cover of their Official Nevada County Sample Ballot. Sample ballots were mailed by the Nevada County Elections Office last week.

Applications that were distributed by the Measure A campaign had the incorrect address on them and were being mailed to Placer County instead. If voters have already filled out and mailed that application, it will still be honored and they will still receive their ballot. If they have not mailed that application yet, they should be sure to mail the one distributed by Nevada County.

“We are certainly sorry this happened and we’re making every effort to move forward,” said Pat Gibbons-Johnson, a Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board members who volunteers on the campaign. “Both counties have been good in helping us deal with this.”

Measure A (formerly Measure S), a Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parcel tax that goes towards various school programing, equipment and supplies, will come before voters in the district on March 6. For the past 12 years, the four-year tax has been renewed consecutively three times. It raises approximately $2.5 million annually for school programing.

“The important thing is that voters know to only use the application on the back page of their sample ballot booklet that was mailed by the Nevada County Elections Office,” Nevada County Clerk Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said.

If people do not receive their absentee ballot from Nevada County within a week of completing their application, they should call the elections office at (888) 395-1298.

The upcoming special election will be consolidated to eight polling locations in Truckee, as opposed to 12 in a bigger election, in an effort to save tax dollars, Jewett-Burdick said.

“People need to be sure to check their polling location which is printed on the back page of their sample ballot booklet,” she said.

The Nevada County Elections Office will count ballots in Truckee. The public is invited to watch the counting process which will be held in Conference Room #1 on the second floor of the Joseph Government Building on Levon Avenue on election night. The first results will be available at 8 p.m.


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