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Soldiers Will Soon be Able to Vote Electronically

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, Gregory J. Diaz, announced the Federal Voting Assistance Program has awarded $1.8 million to a coalition of 13 California counties which includes Nevada County. The coalition is one of six recipients of the Electronic Absentee Systems for Elections grant program. The funds will assist in enhancing the absentee voting process of military and overseas voters. Gail Smith, asst. county clerk recorder says getting the ballots sent to and returned from overseas military persoanl has been a slow process.

“Federal law requires the election offices to send out ballots to military and they will receive voters 45 days before the election. In California law, it’s 60 days before the election would begin to mail those ballots out and the ability to retrieve those ballots electronically will speed up the process.”

By decreasing the delivery time for registration, ballot requests and ballot delivery the coalition anticipates an increase in ballot return rates for our military and overseas voters. Nevada County expects to receive $77,327 for the program. The coalition will make regular reports on the effectiveness of the project to the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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