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Early voting starts Saturday

The Douglas County Courthouse will be open for early voting starting Saturday in the run-up to the Nov. 8 general election.
Kurt Hildebrand |

For years, voters in Douglas County got a sticker that proclaimed they’d cast a ballot. Starting on Saturday, they’ll be able to take a selfie on the way out and post it with a hashtag.

The selfie station and #govotedouglas are among the new things voters will see in the 2016 election.

Hours for early voting are being extended two hours earlier at satellite stations across the Valley.

“During the primary we noticed that the number of voters died down around 5:30-6 p.m.,” Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis said. “We added a couple of hours earlier.”

Chief Deputy Elections Clerk Dena Abeyta said govotedouglas.com is a web site devoted to voter information in Douglas County.

Voters can look up their registration there and print out their sample ballot.

Bringing that ballot to the polls, whether voting early or on Nov. 8, will help speed the voter check-in process.

Early voting starts 10 a.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Courthouse in Minden, but more than 1,000 voters have already cast an absentee ballot.

Abeyta said that’s out of 3,000 people who have requested the ballots. Anyone planning on voting absentee must submit a request in writing before 5 p.m. Nov. 1, which means they should mail it a couple of days in advance. Absentee ballots may be submitted until 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

The clerk’s office has used letter-sized envelopes for absentee ballots this election, reducing the cost of sending them. The ballots come with postage paid envelopes.

Registration closed on Tuesday, and the clerk’s are still counting up the number of registered voters in the county.

As of Oct. 1, there were 18,519 registered Republicans, 8,405 registered Democrats and 5,563 nonpartisan voters in Douglas County.

Lewis said the clerk’s office has worked out the bug that delayed the first day of early voting during the primary by eliminating the printer used to compare voter signatures.

“We’ll compare them with the onscreen version,” she said. “For us it’s a very exciting part of the decision process, and we’re ready for the voters.”

As one of Nevada’s original counties, this is the 155th year since Nevada became a territory in 1861. The first efforts at statehood were organized in Genoa, which was the original seat of government when Nevada was still part of the Utah territory.