Douglas County residents avoid lines by early voting |

Douglas County residents avoid lines by early voting

by Caryn Haller

Autumn Hills resident Louise Manoukian, 75, cast her vote Tuesday in the same courtroom of the old courthouse that her husband, Noel, was sworn in as district judge 40 years ago.

"When I can, I like to vote early. It's easier," she said. "We study, and I've been around politics for years. I know the candidates very well."

Getting people back to work has always been an important issue to her, Manoukian said.

"I'm an old Ronald Reagan fan. We need to give the incentive to work back to the people, and if you look at the candidates I think they all want to do that," she added. "The most important thing to keep our freedom is to vote. I worry about that, but Douglas County is pretty good about voting."

Tuesday marked the second day of early voting in Douglas County.

"We had a good turnout so far. We had 322 voters on Saturday," election supervisor Concha Lord said. "It was pretty close to what it was last primary during early voting. We were pleased."

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Bob Haber, 65, of Gardnerville has been voting early for 22 years.

"It's so much easier and convenient. If you go on election day it can be crowded," the Gardnerville resident said. "My vote is solid. I don't think much could happen between now and election day that could change my mind. I like early voting."

Gardnerville resident Pat Andrews, 67, said he always votes early as well.

"It's more convenient and you don't have to stand in line as long," he said. "Early voting prevents long lines on election day for people having to wait."

The race for sheriff was one Andrews said stood out this year.

"We have some competition with sheriff we've never had," he said. "I had to think about that vote. There were some qualified candidates and there were more than two."

Early voting is 8 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through June 6 at the Historic Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.

For more information, call 782-9020.

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