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Voter registration rises

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Nevada County currently has 59,725 registered voters, which is 3,729 more registered voters for the Nov. 7 presidential general election than for the March primary election.

The voter registration deadline was Oct. 10.

Voter registration in the city of Truckee increased from 7,222 to 7,788. The party breakdowns were that Republican voters rose from 2,568 to 2,715 and Democrat registration went from 2,586 to 2,765.

“There obviously is a lot of interest in this election, yet many people waited until the last minute to register. The Elections Office was processing up to 850 voter registration cards each day leading up to the Oct. 10 voter registration deadline,” said County Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick.

All political parties except the Reform Party saw an increase in registration. The number of voters who declined to choose a political party affiliation, or who selected a party that is not recognized by the Secretary of State due to insufficient numbers, also increased.

Voter registration increased in many instances as a result of coordinated voter registration drives by political parties, according to a press release from the county clerk-recorder’s office.

In the county’s first supervisorial district, voter registration jumped from 11,791 for the March 7 primary to 12,513 for the Nov. 7 general election (Republicans: 5,309 to 5,576; Democrats: 4,068 to 4,239). In the second supervisorial district, registration increased from 11,386 to 12,151 (Republicans: 6,318 to 6,733; Democrats: 3,256 to 3,441).

Voter registration in the city of Grass Valley jumped from 5,880 to 6,366 (Republicans: 2,315 to 2,496; Democrats: 2,168 to 2,294).

Voters who face a health or family emergency during the week before the Nov. 7 election and cannot go to the polls may obtain special absentee ballots at Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 31, but under special circumstances voters can receive absentee ballots during the last seven days leading up to the election.

A registered voter or an authorized representative of that voter may apply for a special absentee ballot from Court Services Supervisor Helen Miller or Court Services Assistant Becky Craig between 8 a.m. and noon, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, or by delivery to any Nevada County polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day.

For more information, call the courts at (530) 582-7837.


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