Truckee-Tahoe locals hit polls on Election Day
All Nevada County and Placer County vote centers are open today and will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Truckee’s two centers have had little to no wait time during the morning of election day, as local voters have largely been able to get in and out within roughly 15 minutes.
Many of those who’ve turned out so far, at the Family Resource Center of Truckee and Truckee Town Hall, to cast votes cited issues ranging from affordable housing to the race between U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock and Jessica Morse as the main reasons for voting in this year’s election.
“I’m sick of what’s happened to California,” said Leah Nagao, who returned to the polls for the first time since 2004. “The lack of affordable housing and the taxes are horrible, for me to get out and vote is huge.”
Others like Truckee resident, Abel Valdez, said the race for California’s 4th Congressional District was the top priority in this year’s election.
“(I voted) just to be part of the community,” said Valdez. “And to take action.”
Nevada County officials had received 23,781 completed ballots as of 7 p.m. Thursday for the election that will decide the county’s next sheriff, two spots on the Nevada Irrigation District’s Board of Directors and a countywide cannabis business tax, in addition to several other local and statewide races.
Officials said 69,197 Nevada County residents were registered to vote as of Friday.
Almost 20 million Californians are registered to vote in Tuesday’s midterm election, Secretary of State Alex Padilla has said.
All Nevada County voters should have received a ballot in the mail, though they can still cast ballots at a handful of vote centers scattered across the county or drop off their completed ballots.
Traditional precinct polling locations no longer exist. There were replaced by vote centers, where Nevada County residents can cast ballots regardless of where they live.
For Placer County voters, there are polling locations in Kings Beach, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, and North Tahoe High School.