Election 2010: Nevada County expected to top state in voter turnout | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: Nevada County expected to top state in voter turnout

NEVADA COUTY, Calif. and#8212; Voter turnout is expected to be light today in Nevada County and#8212; but higher than in California as a whole.

and#8220;In a primary, it’s typically 35 percentand#8221; across California, said Senior Assistant Clerk-Recorder Beth Goodrich at the Nevada County Elections Office.

Nevada County voters have put that participation number to shame since the 2000 primary, according to California Secretary of State statistics. Since then, Nevada County’s voter turnout has consistently been 10 to 20 percent percentage points higher that the state average in each primary election.

and#8220;We do have a high number of vote-by-mail voters, and they typically turn out better than voters at the polls,and#8221; Goodrich said.

Of the county’s 61,213 registered voters, 70 percent, or 42,631, received mail ballots for this election.

By Monday at noon, 16,124 mail voters and early voters at the Rood Center had cast their ballots, Goodrich said.

That meant 26 percent of total registered voters had already cast their ballots Monday, and 38 percent of vote-by-mail voters had done so. More are expected to be brought in today to the elections office at the Rood Center in Nevada City today and to the polls.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Voters simply need to go to their polling place and give election workers their names and addresses, Goodrich said. Poll workers will give voters directions from there.

Those who don’t know their polling place can find locations by visiting http://mynevadacounty.com and clicking on the elections office portion of the Web site. Voters can also call the elections office at (530) 265-1298 for information.

Anyone who finds they are not on the voting rolls at a precinct can cast a provisional ballot at any polling place or at the elections office by 8 p.m., Goodrich said.

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