NEVADA CITY, Calif. February 21, 2020 – With less than two weeks to go before the March 3rd Primary, the number of voted ballots is starting to steadily increase, according to PDI’s election tracker. As of yesterday morning, 9,150 of the 66,620 ballots mailed were returned to the Elections Office. As of this morning, the number went up to 13,902 ballots scanned and ready to be tabulated on election night.

Seniors, Republicans lead return data at this time

The breakdown below is based on data for Feb. 19, 2020.

The 65+ age group leads the pack in returned ballots. Out of 26,059 voters, 5,738 (22%) have completed their civic duty. By contrast, Millennials in Nevada County are holding off and only 376 (4%) of the 9,292 registered voters age 18-34 have voted at this time.

Nearly double of registered Republicans compared to Democrats have returned their ballots. 4,682 out of 22,236 – 21% for Republicans and 2,823 out of 25,180 – 11% for Democrats. No Party Preference and other parties, comprising 19,204 voters have a 9% return rate with 1,645 out of 19,204 ballots returned.

What happens once your ballot arrives at the Elections Office

Once a ballot is received by the Elections Office, here are the stations your ballot will go through:

  1. Scanned
  2. Signature checked
  3. Envelope opened
  4. Sorted into precinct (CP)
  5. Ballot extraction
  6. Scanned
  7. Tabulated on Election Night after the close of polls at 8:00 pm.

The Election Office will continue this processing until they begin their election-day preparations. Ballots not counted by that time and all those received on election day, either through the mail or at the vote centers, are tabulated during the official canvass of the vote

Mail in, drop off – it’s your choice

Nevada County is a Voters Choice Act charter county. Each registered voter has been mailed a ballot and returning them is as easy as dropping them via US Mail (no postage necessary), or depositing them in one of the numerous drop boxes scattered throughout Nevada County.

Starting this Saturday, Feb. 22nd, the Vote Centers at the Eric Rood Center in Nevada City and the Truckee Town Hall will be open every day including weekends, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

From Feb. 29 through Election Day, the following additional Vote Centers will be open:

  • Gold Miners Inn Ballroom 121 Bank St. – Grass Valley
  • Best Western Conference Center, next door to the hotel 2nd driveway, 1012 Sutton Way – Grass Valley
  • Penn Valley Fire Protection District Station 43 10513 Spenceville Rd. – Penn Valley
  • Higgins Lions Community Center 22490 E Hacienda Dr. – Grass Valley
  • The Cedar House Hotel Ballroom 10918 Brockway Rd. – Truckee

On Election Day, the North San Juan Community Center, located at 29190 Hwy 49 in North San Juan will join all the Vote Centers above and be available from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Have questions, need a different ballot?

You can contact the Elections Office with any questions you might have. They are available every day from now until Election Day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. By phone: 530-265-1298, toll free 1-888-395-1298 or TTY: 530-265-1335. The Elections Office is located at 950 Maidu Avenue in the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City Suite 210.