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El Dorado’s ballot return should be extremely high

Close races on both sides of the state line may not be definitively decided tonight.

El Dorado County Registrar of Voters Michele MacIntyre said the county mailed out 30,000 absentee ballots, up 8,000 from the primaries in March.

Only half of those have been returned to the elections office and will be counted tonight. However, ballots turned in throughout the election day will be counted within 10 days of the election, possibly making some results only tentative.

“(The election) is never a done deal,” MacIntyre said. “This is a close election year.”

MacIntyre said she anticipates voter turnout to reach 82 percent to 83 percent of the county this year, with about 77,550 people hitting the polls. MacIntyre said she attributes the large turnout, up from 74 percent in 1996, to the contentious presidential race.

“There’s just a lot of people who want their voices to be heard,” she said.

There are 16 South Shore polling facilities that will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. MacIntyre recommends avoiding the polls around 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m., which are the busiest times.

Douglas County set record numbers with early votes. More than 5,500 voters of the 21,561 registered county residents cast their ballots early, up from 3,000 voters in 1996.

The clerk-treasurer’s office sent out more than 2,700 absentee ballots, up from a little more than 2,000 in the last presidential election.

Voter turnout among the absentee voters was more than 30 percent, and the remaining absentee ballots yet to be cast could take one to two weeks to count, according to the clerk-treasurer’s office.

Douglas county residents at the lake can vote at the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Station’s 1 and 3, the Tahoe-Douglas Administration Building or the Tahoe Douglas Senior Center. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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