Q & A with Gregory J. Diaz

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Voting safely from home is nothing new to Nevada County. In 2018, Nevada County adopted the Voters’ Choice Act, which gives voters greater flexibility and convenience. Every registered voter receives their ballot by mail. Voters have the option to vote at our multi-day vote centers and can drop off their ballot at any one of our twenty-two (22) ballot drop boxes. With over 90% of voters returning their ballot by mail or dropped in one of our secure ballot drop boxes, we’ve never looked back.

When will ballots be mailed?
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2020. Voters should expect to receive their ballot on or around October 8th or 9th.
How will I know the Elections Department got my ballot?
You've probably heard quite a bit about the US Postal Service lately and we understand your concerns. The Secretary of State is offering a new ballot tracking system. Where's My Ballot? Voters can easily track their ballot from the time it's mailed to our office.  Signup at WHERESMYBALLOT.SOS.CA.GOV
What are my options for returning my ballot?
There are a variety of ways to return your ballot to us. Voters may mail their voted ballot using the postage paid return vote by mail envelope. Voters can also return their voted ballot in person to our office 950 Maidu Ave. Suite 210 Nevada City CA, or drop it in any of our secure ballot drop boxes or vote centers located throughout Nevada County. For a complete list of vote centers and drop boxes visit MYNEVADACOUNTY.COM/ELECTIONS

As we prepare for the Presidential General Election, be assured, Nevada County Elections will offer safe, clean environments for employees, election workers and volunteers, voters and election observers. We are working to ensure that the November 3, 2020, General Election is conducted during the current COVID-19 pandemic without creating new health risks.

Can I still vote in person?
Yes! You can easily and safely vote at any one of vote centers. Most vote centers will open on Halloween, October 31, 2020 through Election Day. Vote Center hours are from 8 AM-5 PM. On Election Day (November 3, 2020), all vote centers are open from
7 AM-8 PM. For a list of current vote centers, visit mynevadacounty.com/elections.
Can I feel safe at a vote center?
Nevada County election officials will take all possible steps to ensure the safety of workers and voters. Key prevention practices for election workers include:  

 • Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible
 • Use of face coverings by all participants in the election process
 • Frequent hand washing
 • Regular cleaning and disinfection
 • Training workers on these and other elements of our COVID-19 prevention plan and protective equipment use
 • Refraining from going to work when ill

Our supplement to the 2020 Election Administration Plan entitled “Contingency Plan for Infectious Disease and Pandemics” can be found at mynevadacounty.com/3085/Contingency-Plan-for-Infectious-Disease.
Have the vote centers moved?
We have changed five of our eight vote centers to allow for proper social distancing for in-person transactions. In Western County, new vote centers will be at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Sierra College Gymnasium, and the Bear River High School Gymnasium. The Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley and the Rood Center in Nevada City are also vote centers in Western County opening on Halloween thru Election Day.  

In Eastern County, vote centers are located at the Town of Truckee Public Works on Stevens Lane and at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Gymnasium. On Election Day, we also operate a vote center at the North San Juan Community Center on
State Hwy. 49.

I strongly encourage voters to stay home and vote by mail in this election. It is the first General Election to be conducted during a dangerous pandemic of this magnitude. I also urge voters to put their completed ballots in the mail by Oct. 27, seven days prior to Election Day on Nov. 3. News reports indicate the postal service may be stretched to accommodate a large surge of mail-in ballots. Nevada County voters have a ready alternative: 22 election drop boxes located across the county.

What happens to my ballot after I place it in a drop box? Does it go to the post office?
Nevada County Election Officials, working in teams of two, retrieve ballots from the county-owned drop boxes at regular intervals 
beginning October 5, 2020. Chain of Custody forms are completed and ballots are taken to The Rood Center for processing and 
tabulation. These ballots do not go to the USPS.
What do I do if the post office doesn't deliver my ballot? How long should I wait to request a new ballot?
Ballots are being mailed to all Nevada County registered voters on October 5, 2020. If you have not received your ballot by 
October 12, 2020, please contact Nevada County Elections. You may call or email the office. Our phone number is 530-265-1298. Our email address is elections.mail@co.nevada.ca.us.
How does the Elections office verify if someone is a Nevada County resident? 
A United States citizen can register and vote in California if they are at least 18 years of age and a resident of California, not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and not currently found to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court. (EC 321, 2101, 2208, 2212) In fact, any person naturalized after the 15th day prior to an election can go to the office of their county elections official with proof of residence and citizenship, and register and vote. The Elections Code requires you to register to vote using the address of your domicile in the county in which you reside. “Domicile” is defined as the place where you live, where your habitation is fixed, and where you intend to remain and return to whenever you are absent from it. (EC 321, 349, 2020-2034) In Nevada County, each  and every address submitted to us is verified by our Election Management System. We also send a Voter Notification card to the voter. If an address is not recognized, the voter is placed in our inactive file and will not receive a ballot until the voter’s address has been confirmed.