Final county election results: Half of voters were absentee |

Final county election results: Half of voters were absentee

NEVADA CITY ” More than half of Nevada County’s voters in the Nov. 8 special state election cast absentee ballots.

County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith reported late Wednesday afternoon that 38,838 of the county’s 64,238 voters turned out, or 60 percent, far higher than the 42 percent who voted across California. Of those Nevada County votes, 19,828 were absentees and 19,010 were cast in traditional precinct voting booths.

Absentee ballot numbers have been steadily increasing in the county and statewide ever since restrictions were lifted on them several years ago, Smith said.

“It’s the convenience,” Smith said. “It used to be more stringent.”

Smith and her employees had until today to announce the final count, which was slowed by the many absentees.

“What held us up this year was the ones done in ink,” Smith said. “If they had been done in pencil, it would have been faster.”

Prior to the election, Smith sent instructions in voter pamphlets to use a No. 2 pencil with absentee ballots. But that information was not included in the actual absentee ballots, and 9,100 of them were filled out in ink.

Those ballots could not be read by the county’s vote scanners and had to be duplicated by a team of two elections office employees.

Statewide, all eight propositions were defeated, but Nevada County voters approved four.

For full county tallies, see and click on to November 8 Special Statewide Election Certified Final Results.

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