Election 2016: Tahoe-Truckee voting lines growing longer
Polls in California are open until 8 p.m. today, and 7 p.m. in Nevada. Check the following websites if you’re still unsure where your polling place is:
Nevada County: mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections/Pages/Home.aspx
Placer County: placerelections.com/current-elections.aspx
El Dorado County: edcgov.us/elections
Washoe County: washoecounty.us/voters
TRUCKEE, Calif. — If you still haven’t gone out to vote today in Truckee and across Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, make sure you give yourself plenty of time.
With 17 measures on California’s ballot — more than the state has seen since the 2000 election cycle — along with a slew of local races amid the big vote for U.S. President, wait times at some polling locations are longer than some voters have anticipated.
Rows of cars filled the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parking lot on Tuesday morning as people lined up inside the gym at 11603 Donner Pass Road in Truckee to cast their vote in 2016 presidential election.
For every person who successfully fed his or her ballot into the machine, obtained an “I Voted” sticker and left the building, roughly 10 more would-be-voters got in line.
Volunteers at the TTUSD polling location in Nevada County declined the Sun’s request for an interview, but voters standing in line openly complained about the wait to poll workers.
Lines were so long, in fact, that several people left the polling facility before casting their ballot.
“I’m planning on coming back later, but right now I’ve got to get to work,” one voter told the Sun.
Another voter said he had waited between 30 and 45 minutes, but that was earlier in the morning, before the lines wrapped around the inside of the building and almost extended toward the front door.
Wait times were much shorter at the North Tahoe Fire Protection District office in Tahoe City, one of Placer County’s polling locations.
At 10 a.m., the location had hosted just 92 voters, said Poll Worker Supervisor Gene Tener.
But, it was still early, and considering California polls are open until 8 p.m. PST, Tener told the Sun he and other volunteers are expecting a very high turn out at their location.
When asked how things had gone so far, Tener said, “Smooth. Busy, but smooth.”