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Voters receive vote-by-mail ballots this week

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Vote-by-mail ballots are being mailed by the Placer County Elections Office this week to designated voters. Those ballots were formerly called absentee ballots. “According to state law, vote-by-mail ballots cannot enter the mail until 29 days before Election Day,” said Ryan Ronco, Placer County assistant registrar of voters. “Since that day is a postal holiday (Columbus Day), ballots for Placer County permanent vote-by-mail voters should be in the mail by Friday, Oct. 12.” The ballots must be received at a polling place or at the Placer County Elections Office no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 6. The elections office is at the DeWitt Center, 2956 Richardson Drive off of Bell Road in Auburn. There are 24,052 registered voters in Lincoln, as of Oct. 4, according to Ronco. “(Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters) Jim McCauley estimates a countywide voter turnout right now of 70 percent to 75 percent. This is based solely on historical turnout and voter interest at this time,” Ronco said. “We may have a revised estimate as we get closer to Election Day and we see how many vote-by-mail ballots have been returned.” For more election information, call the Placer County Elections Office at (530) 886-5650 or toll free at (800) 824-8683.