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Ballots for June election should arrive this week

Debra Moore

Staff Writer
5.9.2014

With less than a month to go before Election Day on June 3, ballots are in the mail and should be arriving at Plumas County residences this week.

“Anyone who doesn’t receive a ballot by May 9 should call this office,” said County Clerk Kathy Williams, who is the county’s chief elections official. The number to call is 283-6256.

“We love to get those calls early on so we have time to cancel the original ballot and issue another,” Williams said. She explained that voters who divide their time between Plumas County and another place of residence sometimes forget to change their address.

Because 75 percent of the county’s voters are registered as permanent vote by mail, Williams stresses the importance of ensuring that all ballots have been properly delivered.

Historically Plumas voters have split on how long it takes them to return those ballots. “A huge chunk sends them back in immediately and then there is a lull,” Williams said, with a good number actually being turned in to local polling places on Election Day.

The latter poses a problem for Williams, because those ballots can’t be processed until the following day.

“When people bring them to the polling place it delays the results and defeats the purpose,” Williams said.

Vote-by-mail ballots delivered to the clerk’s office or mailed in advance of Election Day can be processed and are simply waiting for tabulation at 8 p.m. when the polls close.

Williams encourages voters to mail in their ballots in a timely manner or to hand carry them to the clerk’s office.

Since the courthouse has implemented increased security, including a metal detector and guards, Williams arranged to have an exterior ballot box installed to make it easier for voters to drop off their ballots.

“We are doing everything we can to make it convenient,” Williams said.

The June 3 primary ballot includes the county’s elected positions of sheriff, district attorney, auditor, treasurer, assessor, clerk-recorder, county superintendent of schools, and District 3 and District 5 supervisors.

Only for District 5 supervisor is there more


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