Voters hit the polls in South Lake Tahoe |

Voters hit the polls in South Lake Tahoe

Claire Cudahy
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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