El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors is authorizing a September 9 special election for District 2 voters to elect a new representative after the court-ordered ouster of former supervisor Ray Nutting.
Supervisors considered folding the election into the upcoming November general election, but the county’s charter requires a special election within 90 to 120 days of a declared vacancy.
Visiting Superior Court Judge Tim Buckley ordered Nutting off the Board of Supervisors on June 6 as part of his sentencing for six government code misdemeanor convictions for accepting illegal, undocumented loans.
Nutting, who lives in Somerset, used the loans from two El Dorado County employees and a construction contractor who does business with the county to post bail after he was charged with four felony offenses filed by District Attorney Vern Pierson.
In May, a Placerville jury found Nutting not guilty on three felony charges, including filing false documents, perjury and approving conflict-of-interest contracts. The jury deadlocked on a fourth felony charge of filing a false document. Prosecutors have not said if they will retry Nutting on that charge.
The District 2 Supervisor, one of five seats on the Board of Supervisors, represents southwest El Dorado County, including parts of Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills.
Recorder-Clerk Bill Schultz told supervisors on Tuesday that planning the September 9 special election and the November 4 general election will be a challenge and something El Dorado County has never done before.
Special election ballots need to be designed and ordered, a certified election printer needs to be arranged to provide sample ballots, vote-by-mail materials and precinct ballots, and the county also must get permission from California’s Secretary of State to use its election management system for an additional election.
The El Dorado County Election Department also is processing five potential ballot initiatives with thousands of signatures needing to be verified, according to Schultz, who estimates the cost for the special election at between $80,000 and $100,000.