Douglas early turnout could approach 75 percent
If the average holds, three-quarters of Douglas County’s 37,770 active registered voters will have cast a ballot before Election Day on Nov. 3.
In-person early voting is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center in Gardnerville. Mailed ballots may also be dropped off at the community center or the Election Tent behind the Douglas County Courthouse.
An average of 1,900 Douglas County voters a day, not counting Sundays, have been visiting the polls, mailing or dropping off ballots to participate in the November General Election since early voting started on Oct. 17.
On Friday evening, the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office reported 821 residents voted in person at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, bringing the total to 5,476. Between that and returned mailed ballots, 17,554, or 46.5 percent of registered voters have already made up their minds.
The turn-out reflects concerns residents have about the election and whether their voices will be heard.
Resident Drew Hall said he chose to vote in person to make sure his ballot was counted.
“My opinion, and all the horror stories about things going haywire in the country, I want my vote to count,” he said on the first day of in-person voting on Oct. 17. “Who knows?”
Voting booths at the community center in Gardnerville will be open next week 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents may drop off their mailed ballots either at the community center or the Election Tent behind the Douglas County Courthouse in Minden during the same hours. Ballots can also be returned in the mail. Residents are reminded not to use a marker on their mailed ballots, because the ink can bleed through. Ballot mishaps can be corrected by visiting the Election Tent and getting a new ballot or voting in person.
Polls open at the Douglas, Washoe Tribe, Kahle and Topaz Ranch Estates community centers 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3.
Unlike the all-mail primary election, the general election is being conducted both by mail and in person.
According to the clerk’s office, 18,297 Douglas county residents voted using mailed ballots in the primary election due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As of Thursday, 11,144 mailed ballots have been accepted by the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at a rate of more than 900 a day.
Of the 38,626 ballots mailed to active voters, 1,088 ballots were returned as undeliverable. Out of 208 ballots not accepted because they either weren’t signed or the signature didn’t match the clerk’s records, 82 have been fixed. There are still 126 ballots that require cures.
In-person voters are encouraged to wear masks and socially distance at the polls.
Carson City Health and Human Services will be conducting a combined flu clinic and coronavirus testing event 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Carson Valley Middle School in Minden.
Associate Publisher Tara Addeo contributed to this story.