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NEVADA CITY, Calif. November 2, 2016 – Election Day is six days away and activity is picking up at the Elections Office. According to the Secretary of State’s website, Nevada County has 77,438 eligible voters, of those 68,829 or 88.88% are registered voters as of October 24th – the registration deadline for the Presidential Election.

Voter registration in Nevada County is at an all time high, up from 66,149 (85.42%) in the June 2016 Primary, 62,853 (82.50%) in the 2012 Presidential election and 63,769 (85.51%) in the 2008 Presidential election.

Nevada County voters and their party affiliation (or lack thereof)

Democrats outnumber Republicans with 25,138 vs 24,072 voters respectively.

A large “decline to state” contingent exists in Nevada County with 13,341 voters not declaring any party preference.

American Independent (2,412), Green (803), Libertarian (811), Peace and Freedom (185) round out the total.

Republicans continue to outnumber Democrats in the unincorporated areas of Nevada County 19,170 to 16,652. In the cities, Democrats outnumber Republicans. Nevada City has 1,280 Democrats vs 434 Republicans and 543 decline to state voters. In Grass Valley, 3,014 Democrats outnumber 2,336 Republicans, 1,810 residents decline to state a party preference. The Town of Truckee is home to 4,192 registered Democrats, 2,132 Republicans and 2,827 no party preference voters.

Ballot returns

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The latest statistics from the Elections Office show 52,607 ballots issued, including ballots issued over the counter. 16,697 voted ballots have been returned, leaving 35,927 outstanding vote-by-mail ballots.

For vote-by-mail ballots to be counted in the election night results they should arrive no later than Friday at the Elections Office. Ballots received later will be counted during the official canvass period. You can check the status of your ballot here: http://reports.nevcounty.net/ELAVStats/

Voters can mail their voted ballots, drop them off at the drive-through collection box at the Rood Center or in person at the Elections Office. The office will be open on Saturday for in-person early voting. Polls open at 7:00 am on November 8th and will close at 8:00 pm.