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Less time to wait for election results

South Lake Tahoe voters will be able to get results back much earlier on Election Day than in previous years, thanks to a decision by the El Dorado County registrar to have ballots counted on the South Shore.

“This is a major election, and with the City Council race on top of that, we believe the voters should be able to have their results done in a timely manner,” said Michele Mac Intyre, voter registrar for El Dorado County.

In past elections, South Shore voters have had to wait upward of 12 hours after the election to get results because the ballots would be taken to Placerville to be counted after the polls closed.

El Dorado County Supervisor David Solaro, who represents the South Lake Tahoe area, was also instrumental in getting the ballots counted here, she said. Solaro was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

“We worked with Supervisor Solaro on this to determine if it would be feasible to do this,” she said. “Now we have the specialized hardware and the personnel in place.”

With weather playing a major factor in the timeliness of getting results back, Mac Intyre said having the ballots counted in town is a logical step. El Dorado County would like to do it permanently if this election runs smoothly, she added.

Besides, voters are anxious to hear the results as soon as they are official.

“I would say that for the South Lake Tahoe council elections, the results should come back two to three hours after the polls close,” Mac Intyre said. “For the media in the area, this should be good. I know there have been problems in past elections getting the results back in time to meet deadlines.”

The only other time ballots were counted in South Lake Tahoe was Measure S, a parks and recreation bond measure, in August 2001.

“There were a few glitches that we believe we’ve worked out, so this will be the real test,” she said.

The county will staff the ballot counting office with two information services employees, a consultant and four county election employees.

Polling takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.

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