THE BIG DAY
November 3, 2008
Despite nationwide worries over high record turnouts today, voting in the Truckee-Tahoe area is expected to run smoothly.
While overall turnout is expected to be high, a large portion of area residents have already cast their votes by either early voting machines or mail-in ballots.
Jim McCauley, Placer County Clerk Recorder, said he expects 81 to 83 percent voter turnout, but 57 to 58 percent of those people have already voted.
“With that many vote-by-mail voters turnout at the polls shouldn’t be that heavy,” McCauley said. “It’s not that there won’t be any lines ” there may be some in the morning and evening ” but nothing like the long lines other counties and states face.”
Nevada County is expecting similar figures, said Gail Smith, acting assistant clerk-recorder for Nevada County.
“We’ve had early voting on e-slate machines since Oct. 6,” Smith said.
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Out of a total of 65,835 voters, 45,124 have been issued vote-by-mail ballots, and 29,658 have already been checked in, Smith said.
At the end of the day, the ballots will be collected and taken down to Nevada City and Auburn respectively in county vehicles.
Depending on the weather, McCauley said sheriff escorts could accompany the county vehicles, or sheriffs will carry the ballots instead.
But Smith was optimistic about the weather.
“In February we had horrid conditions and still got the results in,” she said.
Once the ballots make it down, Smith said she expects preliminary results by 11:30 p.m.
McCauley said he expects results for Placer County between midnight and 12:30 a.m.
2,490: Decline to state
Eastern Placer County (Supervisor District 5)
6,710: Decline to state
Emigrant Trail Museum, Donner Memorial State Park, 12593 Donner Pass Road.
Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District Community Center, 10046 Church Street.
Northwoods Club House, 11509 Northwoods Blvd.
Truckee Donner Public Utility District, 11570 Donner Pass Road.
Glenshire Elementary, 10990 Dorchester Drive.
Glenshire Swim and Tennis Club, 15726 Glenshire Drive.
Alpine Meadows Fire Department, 270 Alpine Meadows Road.
North Tahoe Conference Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.
North Tahoe Fire Station, 159 Observation Drive, Tahoe City.
North Tahoe Fire Station, 5425 West Lake Blvd. Homewood.
Squaw Valley Fire Department, 305 Squaw Valley Road.
North Tahoe Fire Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
Fairway Community Center, 330 Fairway Dr., Tahoe City.
Check http://www.sierrasun.com for the latest updates throughout the day and into the night with a live blog and results going as late into the evening (or early into the morning) as necessary.