Low vote totals one week before Assembly special election
About 13,500 ballots in the Nov. 5 state Assembly District 1 special election between Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt and Republican Megan Dahle have been returned to the Nevada County elections office, officials said Monday.
District 1, which includes Nevada County and eight other counties, was left up for grabs when Brian Dahle, Megan Dahle’s husband, won a special election for the District 1 state Senate seat in June and vacated his old position.
Betancourt and Megan Dahle earned their spots in the Nov. 5 runoff — with 38.6% and 35.6% of the vote, respectively — after garnering the most votes in a five-person primary field for the state Assembly seat.
The returned ballots represent just under 20% of the county’s 68,119 active registered voters. As of Monday, Nevada County had 25,100 registered Democrats and 22,132 registered Republicans. The number of county voters who declined to state their political preference or have no party preference is 16,288.
Residents can still vote and register at vote centers up until election day at the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City; and Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
An additional drop-box location is available at Save Mart, open daily, 6 a.m. to midnight, 11399 Deerfield Drive, Truckee, and can be used to submit ballots before 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
— John Orona, The Union