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posted Oct 8, 2020, 5:22 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 8, 2020, 5:28 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

We are now in the home stretch and in less than a month it should all be over. This is an election year, friends. We are not going to tell you what candidates, issues, and initiatives to support. We are going to tell you that it is probably easier than ever to cast your vote. If are a traditionalist, the North San Juan Community Center at 29190 State Hwy 49 in North San Juan, is the place where you can cast your vote in person on Election Day, November 3. The polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

If you just want to get it done, you can drop your ballot into an official drop box at Sweetland Mercantile and Garden Supply, 29435 State Hwy 49 in North San Juan. The secure drop box is located inside the store so you must go during business hours. Call 530.292.9000 for hours of operation.

You can also cast your ballot at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. Signage will direct you to the voting center once you have arrived. Voting has already commenced and will continue from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Last, but certainly not least, you can drop off your mail-in ballot at any post office. The Nevada County Registrar of Voters Office recommends that using drop boxes or visiting polling places may be preferable to mailing in ballots so as not to overburden the postal system. Whichever way you intend to deliver your ballot, it is important that you cast a vote. Not only is this a national election year, but local offices are vied for, as well. Voters have a direct say on propositions regarding medical research, funding schools and local government services, dialysis clinic regulation, rent control, consumer privacy, and other issues that affect the lives of all Californians.

If you have any questions on voter registration, where or how to cast a ballot, please call the Office of the Registrar of Voters for Nevada County at 265.1298. They will be happy to take your call and help in whatever way they can. All ballots were mailed on October 5, 2020. Once your ballot arrives check to make sure that it is the one you have requested. Study the candidates and the issues. Determine how you will return your ballot. Remember to use only a black or blue pen to mark your choices. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! Sign the envelope, seal the ballot inside, and deliver it by Election Day, November 3, 2020 at 8pm.

Voting in America is a hard won right that should not be taken for granted so make the most of it.