Nevada County voting goes smoothly, stays close to California averages
In what can only be described as a landslide victory, Truckee and California voters alike voiced their dislike for (now) former Gov. Gray Davis. And they voiced their approval of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As the polls closed for the California Gubernatorial Special Election and the results came pouring in Tuesday night, “Yes” on the recall and Arnold Schwarzenegger both took a commanding lead.
By Wednesday morning, results had not changed much. With 99.2 percent of precincts reporting, the California Secretary of State’s Web site showed the recall winning with 55 percent of the votes, and Schwarzenegger winning with just under half the votes, with 48.3 percent of the vote.
For Truckee voters, the results were just about the same. Of the Truckee voters who came out to the polls – 3,348 of them showed up at the 11 Truckee precincts – 51.4 percent (2,258 people) voted in favor of the recall and 47.7 voted for Schwarzenegger.
The next highest candidate for both Truckee and California voters was Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, but he was still miles behind Schwarzenegger. For Truckee, 28.9 percent of voters thought he would make a suitable governor, while 32 percent of California voters cast their vote for him.
Coming in third for both Truckee and California was State Senator Tom McClintock. He captured 13.6 percent of the Truckee vote and 13.3 percent of the total California vote.
Terminator-turned-Governator, Schwarzenegger will be sworn in no later than Nov. 16, after the vote is certified. In this time, absentee ballots dropped off on elections day and provisional ballots cast on Election Day will be counted.
It just wouldn’t be California without some long shots rounding out the top 10. Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, actor Gary Coleman and adult film actress Mary “Mary Carey” Cook came in at Nos. 7,8 and 10, respectively.
In all, 7,781,192 Californians turned out to vote, according to the secretary of state’s Web site, with 99.2 percent of the precincts reporting. Schwarzenegger took 3,624,154 of those votes.
For the other issues on the ballot – Propositions 53 and 54 – Truckee and California voters rejected both. For Truckee, 62.9 percent of the voters cast their vote against Prop. 53 and 59.14 percent voted against Prop. 54.
For Nevada County, clerk recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick said the election went fairly smoothly, but a significant problem was a record number of voters – 2,477 – went to the wrong polling place and had to cast a “provisional” ballot.
“That process takes time for both the voter and poll worker, and creates a lot of work for elections staff during the [certification] process,” Jewett-Burdick said.
She added that she will have to bring in temporary staff to deal with the provisional ballots, and this will cost money to taxpayers.
Truckee’s poll workers got the ballots into the county elections office at 9:35 p.m., which is pretty standard for Truckee, Jewett-Burdick said.
Nevada County turnout
It seemed like there was a lot of excitement and participation for the special recall election, but Jewett-Burdick said she was disappointed at the Nevada County turnout – only 69.97 percent of registered voters went to the polls.
While this is higher than in previous years, she said she had anticipated an 83 percent turnout.
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