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Voters hit the polls in South Lake Tahoe

Claire Cudahy
ccudahy@tahoedailytribune.com
South Lake Tahoe voters trickle in to the polling station at Lake Tahoe Community College on the morning of Election Day.
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The polling place at Lake Tahoe Community College had a steady stream of voters filtering through the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 8 — Election Day.

Across El Dorado County, there are 116,513 registered voters — a new record for the county, according to Bill Schultz, recorder-clerk and registrar of voters.

The most recent census data puts El Dorado’s population at 184,452.

“We have issued 86,040 vote-by-mail ballots countywide, which is 73.85 percent of all voters (in the top ten of the state),” said Schultz on Nov. 7. “And, so far, we have had 47,815 vote-by-mail ballots returned or 41.04 of issued vote-by-mail ballots.”

Early indicators also show an increase in voter presence on a local level this election.

District 5 of El Dorado County, which consists of South Lake Tahoe, Meeks Bay, Meyers, Strawberry, Kyburz, and Pollock Pines, has 19,882 registered voters this election.

As of Nov. 7, 12,997 vote-by-mail ballots were issues, and 6,783 have been returned.

By comparison, last election there were 18,662 registered voters and only 8,908 votes cast in total — 6,058 of which were vote-by-mail. That equates to a 47.73 percent voter turnout.

“The June [primary] election was in comparison, a low turnout for [District 5] with the registered voters above average,” explained Schultz.

“So far, it appears to be better for the November election. The polling places will tell us more after the election.”


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