Voter surge sur­prises clerks Slim mar­gins in most Yuba County races

More vot­ers and more peo­ple vot­ing for the first time

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Car­lye Mitchell of Marysville voted with her two chil­dren, Claire, three, and Ge­orge, two and a half months, in tow at the Yuba County Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter in Marysville. “We talked to our old­est, who is five years old, and told her that we’re very lucky to get the right to vote be­cause a lot of other places don’t have a say in how their gov­ern­ment works.”

Sut­ter County vot­ers man­aged to sur­prise the Elec­tions Of­fice dur­ing the midterms elec­tion Tues­day.

Clerk-recorder Donna John­ston said she was sur­prised by the num­ber of peo­ple say­ing it was the first time they had ever voted in their life (and they weren’t mil­len­ni­als).

Her staff was kept busy with the large num­ber of same-day voter reg­is­trants – this was the first year the prac­tice has been done in Sut­ter County, and the midterms saw a higher num­ber than the June gen­eral elec­tion, John­ston said.

By the end of the night, all precincts had been counted, leav­ing only votes-by-mail and pro­vi­sional bal­lots to be counted. Of 46,087 reg­is­tered vot­ers, 16,720, or 36.28 per­cent were counted by night’s end.

“There was a pretty good num­ber of young peo­ple com­ing in to vote for their first time,” John­ston said.

She said the elec­tions lobby was bustling with lengthy lines most of the day – a good sign for turnout.

“We’re happy to see peo­ple vot­ing,” she said.

– Rachel Rosen­baum

End of Elec­tion Day tal­lies showed Yuba County su­per­vi­sor in­cum­bents in the lead, with one race sep­a­rated by a cou­ple hun­dred votes and the other much less. Still, re­sults are ex­pected to change as more votes are counted over the com­ing days.

Only about 24 per­cent of the votes had been tal­lied at the time of pub­li­ca­tion. There are 33,754 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Yuba County.

A to­tal of 19 of the 33 precincts had re­ported and about 19 per­cent of the vote-by-mail bal­lots were counted at the time of pub­li­ca­tion. Only about 1,600 bal­lots cast at the polls had been counted, or about 5 per­cent of the Elec­tion Day turnout.

The ma­jor lo­cal races in the county in­cludes Su­per­vi­sor Dis­trict 1, Su­per­vi­sor Dis­trict 5, two seats on the Marysville City Coun­cil, as well as two mea­sures.

– Jake Ab­bott

Chris Kauf­man/ap­peal-demo­crat

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