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Early voting continues

Election day is still weeks away, but local voters are already heading to the polls in sizable numbers.

The Truckee Town Hall opened its doors for early voting on Oct. 6, and Placer County early polls are showing similarly strong mail-in voting numbers.

“People are really enjoying it,” said Truckee Records Technician Shanna Kuhlemier. “This is the first time Nevada County has used Truckee as an early voting satellite.”

One of the reasons Kuhlemier gives for early voting enthusiasm is the departure of residents prior to winter.

“A lot of people are getting ready to leave for three months and they’re really excited to get it done before they’re gone,” said Kuhlemier.

A similar situation is occurring in Placer County as nearly 54 percent of its voters are utilizing the vote-by-mail option to cast their ballot.

California law allows qualified voters 29 days to vote leading up to the general election. Voters have currently been able to cast their ballots for nearly two weeks.

Both Nevada County and Placer County are seeing above average vote-by-mail

returns and early votes during this period.

According to Jim McCauley, Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Placer County has received approximately 7,000 ballots since Oct. 6, still “above average” considering the 54 percent who vote-by-mail.

While Nevada County has received approximately 2,000 vote-by-mail ballots, current voter registration is up to 61,608, nearly 87 percent when compared to the total voting-age population from the last census.

“We’re up in voter registration,” said Beth Goodrich, Nevada County Clerk Recorder Assistant, “about 1,000 in the last week alone.”

Registered voters can continue casting early ballots up to Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1p.m. to 5 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall. Regular polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4.

To register in California an individual must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older on or before election day, a California resident and not a convicted felon. Voter registration ends Oct. 20.

County election offices will be accepting early votes up to Nov.3 while vote-by-mail ballots will be accepted up to 8 p.m. on election day. If you must vote by mail, the last day a county will accept an application is Oct. 28. Contact your local election office for a vote-by-mail request form.

Early voting will continue at Truckee Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Truckee Town Hall is located at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.

For more California election information or to download a vote-by-mail application visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections.

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