Early voting starts Saturday
As of Monday, the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s Office had received 4,200 requests for mail-in ballots, and more are rolling in every day.
If all those requests turn into votes, they would account for more than a tenth of the voters who were registered as of Oct. 1.
There were 20,495 registered Republicans in the county as of the beginning of the month compared to 8,782 registered Democrats and 6,458 nonpartisan voters. According to the Clerk-Treasurer, there were 38,230 total voters registered in Douglas County.
Some of those who received ballots under a new law that allows anyone to request mailed ballots for any reason turned them in as early, early voting.
That Republican majority will play in favor of Douglas County Commission candidate Wes Rice, who is facing independent candidate Kristy Kandel for the District 4 seat.
It won’t make much difference to the most contentious local race of the election between attorneys Cassandra Jones and Erik Levin for the office of East Fork Justice of the Peace.
There are also several races downballot in Carson Valley for town and district boards, which are also nonpartisan.
Today is the last day to register to vote online, according to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, which is preparing for Saturday’s start to early voting.
The polls will be open at the historic Minden Courthouse 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Early voting continues at the courthouse 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Early voting is also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27.
The Clerk-Treasurer’s Office also takes early voting on the road during the two weeks before the election.
For a schedule, visit http://www.govotedouglas.com.