Updated election stats show upped support for Truckee trails tax
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — Candidates tentatively elected in the June 3 Nevada County primary elections maintained their leads in new totals released late Wednesday by the elections office.
Meanwhile in Truckee, the approval rate for the Measure R trails tax increased.
With 8,316 additional vote-by-mail ballots counted since June 3, the county’s total turnout is now at 26,068 ballots cast, or 42 percent of the county’s 61,909 registered voters.
“That’s much better,” said Elise Strickler, senior clerk-recorder assistant.
Initial turnout reports were at 17,752 voters or 28.7 percent of voters casting ballots on Election Day.
Strickler said the 8,000-plus additional ballots number was a lot higher than the 4,500-uncounted-ballots estimate last week, due to many more vote-by-mail ballots coming in from polling places and ballot drop boxes than anticipated.
“It takes us a couple days to accumulate all the ballots out of the bins and out of the transport bags (from the polling places),” she said.
In Truckee, Measure R calls for a quarter-cent, 10-year sales tax increase to fund construction and maintenance of separate paved and earthen trails in the community.
Prior to Wednesday’s updated totals, 1,367 votes were in favor (74.99 percent), while 25.01 percent (456 votes) were against.
Now, 1,521 votes are in favor, representing 75.82 percent, while 485 are against (24.18 percent), out of 2,013 total votes.
It requires two-thirds majority approval to be adopted.
In other more contested races, the new vote totals are:
— Nevada County District Attorney: Cliff Newell, 12,434 votes or 55.20 percent; David Alkire, 10,092 or 44.80 percent.
— Nevada County Superior Court Judge: Robert Tice-Raskin, 7,907 votes or 34.64 percent; Anna Ferguson, 7,000 votes or 30.66 percent; Jeff Ingram, 3,784 votes or 16.58 percent; Jeff Lake, 2,147 votes or 9.4 percent; Angela Bradrick, 1,991 votes or 8.72 percent.
— Nevada County Superintendent of Schools: Holly Hermansen, 10,738 votes or 52.40 percent; Paul Haas, 9.753 votes or 47.60 percent.
— U.S. Rep. District 1: Doug LaMalfa, 9,977 votes or 45.35 percent; Heidi Hall, 8,559 votes or 38.9 percent; Gregory Cheadle, 1,910 votes or 8.68 percent; Dan Levine, 1,555 votes or 7.07 percent.
To see a full report, go to http://www.MyNevadaCounty.com, click on “Elections” and then click on “Cumulative Report.”
Strickler said the totals released Wednesday are not final, but fairly close to it. The office still has 460 provisional ballots and about 35 other ballots with mismatched signatures to straighten out.
Those will take longer than normal ballots, she said. Strickler estimated final election results would be released by early next week.
— Sun Managing Editor Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.