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Votes to be tallied quicker

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Results of the March 2 school bond election will be tallied quickly this year because elections officials plan to count the ballots in Truckee after the polls close.

“As a service to Truckee area residents who want to know election results as quickly as possible, we will transport our scanners and related equipment to Truckee and count the ballots at the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District Headquarters” says Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Lorraine Jewett-Burdick.

“If it goes smoothly, as I expect it will, I will consider purchasing or leasing mobile ballot scanners to use in Truckee for other elections.”

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on March 2. There will be eight Nevada County polling places for voters to decide Measure C, as well as four mail ballot precincts.

Scanning the ballots in Truckee will save at least 90 minutes, which is the time it takes to collect all the ballots and transport them via vehicle or airplane to Nevada City.

Instead, counting the ballots will begin as soon as the polls close. Absentee ballots mailed to the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in Nevada City will be transported to Truckee and counted first.

Polling place ballots will be counted as they are checked in at PUD headquarters by precinct inspectors.

Jewett-Burdick says she thanks PUD officials and employees, and Truckee town officials and employees, for their cooperation.

“It’s a big job to establish a remote-site election center,” she said.

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