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3,000 cast early ballots for primary

by Kurt Hildebrand

Activity at the polls was brisk Tuesday morning as Douglas County voters cast their ballots.

County Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Reed said 3,034 people took advantage of early voting to cast their ballots before election day. Another 650 of the more than 1,000 voters who requested absentee ballots returned them as of Saturday.

“Several polling locations reported they’ve been busy so far,” she said Tuesday morning.

Tuesday was also the first real field test of the new touch-screen voting machines.

“We’ve been using them for early voting, but they were in one place the whole time,” she said. “This is the first time we’ve had to take them out to the polling places and set them up.”

She said a few machines locked up, but believes they may have problems with the new printers.

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“But we’ve got everything running and there haven’t been any long lines of waiting voters,” she said.

Reed anticipates a turn-out for the primary hitting between 50 and 60 percent. Traditionally, turn-out is lower for the primary than for the general election.

However, a race for the Republican commissioner’s seat and Question 1 may drive voter interest higher.

Because The Record-Courier has an early deadline, results will appear on the newspaper Web site, recordcourier.com. Results by precinct will appear in the newspaper on Friday.

Secretary of State Dean Heller, U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Chairman DeForest B. Soaries Jr. and Staff Director for the Committee on House Administration Paul Vinovich toured Douglas County polls Tuesday morning.

After Douglas County the trio went on to Carson City and Washoe County to observe the election process.

“It will be an honor to host chairman Soaries and Mr. Vinovich, and provide an opportunity for these two gentlemen to view Nevada’s new voting system,” Heller said in a prepared statement. “There will be approximately 50 million votes cast electronically during this presidential election. Only those in Nevada will include a paper backup record.”

— Kurt Hildebrand can be reached at khildebrand@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 215.