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Power outage only reported issue on election day

Greyson Howard and Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE ” A Glenshire-area power outage Tuesday morning switched off electronic voting machines, but things went pretty smoothly otherwise in the Truckee-Tahoe area on election day.

The power went out from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., but the two polling locations were able to continue on with paper ballots.

“We have a slot for ‘voted but not scanned,’ we just continued on with paper,” said Lynn Meadows, precinct inspector.

The biggest influx of voters came between 7 and 8 a.m., she said, with 60 people in the hour.

“I just think more people are coming out to vote than ever before,” Meadows said, who has worked at the polls for 12 years.

Truckee voter James MacDonald had a hiccup at the polls, being turned away and told he needed to vote in Auburn.

“It’s sad,” he said, explaining that he thought he had called ahead to make sure he could vote in Truckee. “When I show up, they told me they had no record of me. It makes me want to give up.”

Other than that, very few issues were reported, despite large voter turnouts.