Nevada County Elections aims for final count Friday
Sun News Service
With a number of absentee and provisional ballots still uncounted, three Nevada County political races still appear undecided.
A tired County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Smith, who oversaw the election count into late Tuesday evening, said Wednesday she is shooting for a final count by 5 p.m. Friday.
The uncounted votes could also influence the Fourth District supervisor and district attorney’s races.
Hank Weston barely tallied enough votes against Martin Harmon and Gordon Beatie for supervisor to get the 50 percent, plus one vote needed to win outright and avoid a November runoff. The same situation applies for Clifford Newell in his run against Jim Phillips and David Silber for district attorney.
Smith would not say how many votes were up for grabs, preferring to let the ballot canvass scheduled to start Thursday answer that question. However, she did say 50 percent of the county voted by absentee in the last election, indicating a vote swing is possible. The absentees include those that were walked in to polling places around the county.
Richard Anderson, who has represented Truckee and eastern Nevada County’s District 5 since first being elected in 2012, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.