Ballots are delivered

Take the time to vote

Ballots for the Nov. 5 election were sent out to Plumas County registered voters last week so if you haven’t received yours, it’s time to contact the county elections office at 283-6256. Most voters will have only one election to decide — who will be their next state assemblywoman representing District 1 — Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt or Republican Megan Dahle.

Voters in Eastern Plumas will be electing directors for the Beckwourth Fire Protection District and those in the Almanor Basin will be selecting directors for the Chester Public Utility District. Take the time to vote. These individuals are responsible for delivering critical services to area residents and their decisions will have a direct impact on your lives.

It’s also a good time to remind our readers that if you have moved or changed your name, or want to change your party affiliation, you must reregister to vote. Plumas County Clerk Recorder Kathy Williams, the county’s chief elections official, said that her office will be releasing more information about the need to check your voter registration status before the March 3 primary election. It can be a little complicated, but the official voter roster comes from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, not the county election offices. Therefore, if your name or address doesn’t match exactly, problems can ensue that could impact your ability to vote, or present a situation where you could receive two ballots.

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Also, with California’s primary election in March, the deadlines for candidates seeking local office tied to that election are looming. If you are considering a run for county supervisor in Districts 1,2 or 4, now is the time to take out those filing papers. Currently there are four individuals interested in running for District 1 (Eastern Plumas); three for District 2 (Indian Valley, the Canyon and beyond) and one for District 5 (Quincy, Meadow Valley).

Plumas residents ready

New experience for our neighbors

Plumas County residents are no strangers to power outages so we are prepared as much as we can be with flashlights, lanterns, extra water, emergency food supplies, alternative sources of heat, and for many, backup generators. We know that ATMs won’t dispense cash and that businesses will close. It was interesting to watch our more urban neighbors face this new dynamic. But beyond securing their basic necessities, city dwellers have more challenges than we do. We can navigate our handful of stoplights and darkened streets, but that’s a far more perilous task in the Bay Area. And that’s but one example. Trying to provide vital services is far less daunting for areas with a couple of hundred residents than those in the hundreds of thousands. It just reinforces our belief that life is better in Plumas County.

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