Douglas turnout state’s second highest |

Douglas turnout state’s second highest

With the second highest turnout in the state, Douglas County voters led the other rural counties in trying to stem the Silver State’s blue tide.

Only Eureka’s 860 active voters had a higher turnout than Douglas, which reported 74.08 percent to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.

While only Clark and Washoe counties went for Democratic candidates, the number of voters in those places swamped the rest of the state.

Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis was predicting more than 10,000 voters would cast a ballot on Election Day.

The number ended up being 10,195, not quite as many as the 11,135 voters who turned out during early voting for the general. Absentee ballots provided another 4,799 votes.

“We are really steady with people all the time,” Lewis said on Monday. “It feels like we are getting busier as the day goes on.”

Lewis said the busiest voting locations per hour were at Topaz Ranch Estates and Kahle Community Center at Lake Tahoe.

The county issued 44 provisional ballots on Tuesday after not being able to locate voters’ names on the rolls.

Joanne Herdt said pollworkers were unable to find her grandson Dylan Clark’s name so he could vote.

She said Clark voted in 2016 and again in the 2018 primary.

“He was taken outside and told that if he could vote it would only be for two things,” Herdt said.

Provisional ballots may only be cast for the federal races.

Douglas voted with the other rural counties for Republican candidates, though only Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske survived the election.

Without opponents for the county’s constitutional officers, only the East Fork Justice of the Peace and the County Commission District 4 races offered much locally.

Douglas County Question 1, which would have increased the fee on a building permit to fund road construction, was defeated 13,799 to 11,579.

Downballot, Minden and Gardnerville will each have a new board member.

Fourth-generation Carson Valley resident Mike Henningsen will take over Cassandra Jones’ seat on the Gardnerville board.

Retired East Fork Fire Chief Bill Driscoll won a seat on the Minden Town Board, edging out incumbent Bill Souligny.

Gardnerville resident Frances Schilling, who signed up for the Minden-Garderville Sanitation District board on a whim, defeated longtime local leader Ray Wilson.