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Election night tabulation went smoothly

To the editor:

I would like to thank the many volunteers who staffed our ballot-tabulation center in Truckee on election night, enabling us to provide Truckee area voters with complete results before 10 p.m.

East county residents may remember the last big local election, before the elections office purchased a ballot-counter to be based in Truckee, when results weren’t known until the wee hours of the morning after the election. Gone are the days of driving or flying Truckee ballots down the hill. On Nov. 7, election results from Truckee were sent via computer modem to the main ballot-counting center at the elections office in Nevada City, where we integrated those results with county-wide totals.

But the ballot-counter does not run itself nor prepare ballots for processing and thanks are due to Town Clerk Patt Osborne, her assistant Jim Smith, Nevada County government employees Louise Jones and Jackie St. George and poll worker Mavis Bowes. County Transportation Director Perry Christensen not only worked at the Truckee ballot-counting center on election night, he also transported absentee ballots from the elections office to the Truckee post office each day for three weeks prior to the election. With Mr. Christensen’s assistance, and additional help from NCSO Capt. Gary Jacobson, absentee voters received their ballots in two days – instead of the nearly one-week mail service that often results when ballots are mailed to Truckee from Nevada City.

More thanks go to Helen Miller and Becky Craig at Superior Court in Truckee, for disseminating special absentee ballots just before the election to voters who faced emergencies that prevented them from going to the polls. Kudos to the pollworkers at Truckee’s 12 polling places, who worked a mind-numbing 13-hour day – and kept smiling. Thanks, too, to officials at the PUD who allowed us to use the board room as a polling place and a ballot-tabulation center. The elections office would also like to thank the Girl Scouts, who delivered and retrieved voting booths as a fund-raising project.

And speaking of funds: At the main ballot-tabulation center in Nevada City, 82 selfless individuals donated their time and talents, which saved Nevada County taxpayers more than $3,200 in election night personnel costs.

Events in Florida and elsewhere remind us that we all must remain vigilant and willing to participate in the democratic process. It is an honor to serve as Clerk-Recorder in Nevada County, where citizens understand their right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility.

Lorraine Jewett-Burdick

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder

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