Vote-by-Mail in Amador

Amador County will be changing the way it administers elections, doing away with traditional polling locations and moving to an all vote-by-mail system. In a presentation before the Amador County Board of Supervisors, County Clerk Kim Grady laid out the new course.  Amador County will be joining other Counties, such as Nevada and Sacramento that have moved to an all-mail-ballot system.  Every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.  The County will also operate three vote centers that will accept ballots up to 11 days before Election Day, as well as up to six additional unmanned drop boxes throughout the County.   Grady cited two main reasons for the move, first that the California Secretary of State is moving to de-certify the County’s election machines, requiring the purchase of new equipment, and the availability of State matching funds, which will help subsidizing the County’s purchase of new voting equipment.  In other business, the Board fielded complaints from nearby residents of the newly opened Harrah’s Northern California, mainly over traffic problems during the Casino’s “Soft Opening” at the end of April.  In a related matter, the Board approved an emergency ordinance banning parking along Coal Mine Road where the casino is located.  The Board also approved an additional $28,000 for additional work for a new playground at Mollie Joyce Park, in addition to the $150,000 the County has already allocated.

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