Nevada County Elections Office recaps February Primary |

Nevada County Elections Office recaps February Primary

Sun staff report

Gregory Diaz, Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, on Tuesday released a synopsis of results from the February Presidential Primary.

– Barack Obama carried Nevada County in the Democratic Party Primary with 8,960 votes, 45.89 percent of Democratic voters. Hillary Clinton received 6,689 votes, 40.70 percent of Democratic voters.

– In the Republican Party Primary, John McCain garnered 6,417 votes or 38.84 percent of Republican votes, with Mitt Romney at 6,572 votes or 32.79 percent, and Mike Huckabee with 1,951 voters or 10.77 percent.

– The four Indian Gaming Propositions (94-97) passed; the three other state propositions (91, 92, 93) were turned down by Nevada County voters.

Nevada County voters turned out in greater numbers than the statewide average, Diaz said, with 67.11 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Even more impressive, he said, was the turnout by Vote-By-Mail voters, where approximately 85 percent of 30,858 Vote-By-Mail voters cast ballots. Polling place voters turned out at a significantly lower rate with approximately 45 percentof 29,982 voters casting ballots. For Vote-By-Mail voters, the county spent $7.54 a voter. For polling place voters, the county spent $16.72 a voter.

Elections Division staff prepared 40,159 ballots for counting; duplicated 1,379 ballots that could not be read by the optical scanner and reviewed an additional 611 ballots that the scanner forwarded for individual handling to ensure the voter’s intent was followed. Staff also processed 1,244 provisional ballots. Ninety eight percent of those provisional ballots were counted; uncounted ballots were from voters not eligible to vote in this election or voters attempting to cast 2 votes.

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