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High voter turnout in Truckee

Staff reports

With a presidential race that has had political gamblers biting their nails and numerous local issues on the ballot, the Nov. 7 election day saw a high percentage of area voters making their way to the polls.

Truckee registered voters may have had a better than average turnout on Tuesday, according to local polling precinct inspectors.

Sheryl Lewis, an inspector for the downtown Truckee Precinct 109, said voter turnout at her precinct usually is only between 35 and 40 percent.

“We probably had about 60 percent of our voters turn out [Tuesday],” Lewis said. “We did really well. But I was kind of disappointed we didn’t have a greater turnout after 5 p.m.”

She said when she turned in her precinct numbers she was told voter turnout in her precinct was average compared to other precincts.

One Tahoe Donner precinct had an even higher turnout.

“The absentee ballots combined with the number of voters at the polls was more than 75 percent in voter turnout,” said Ted Langan, an inspector for one of the three precincts at Northwoods Restaurant in Tahoe Donner.

Of the 145,506 registered voters in Placer County, this election attracted 106,950 to actually cast their ballot – this totals out to a 73 percent voter turnout.

El Dorado County had 66.9 percent of their registered voters partake in democracy.

Because there are a number of absentee ballots in each county which remain to be counted, these figures are subject to change.

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder said official voter turnout figures will not be available until all of the absentee ballots in Nevada County are counted.


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