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Update: Clerk’s Office reports 709 Douglas voters cast ballots in person

Voters line up to cast a ballot at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center in Gardnerville on Saturday. The gentlemen in the white cowboy hats are Jim Wheeler and James Settelmeyer.
Kurt HIldebrand

It seemed like a majority of the 709 in-person early voters who cast a ballot in Douglas County on Saturday were in line before the polls opened at 10 a.m. in Gardnerville.

While a better turnout than the 639 who voted early on the first day in 2018, it was nowhere near the peak first day vote in October 2010, when 1,679 voters turned out.

While some residents waited in line to vote on an election machine at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, a handful dropped off the ballots they received in the mail and left.

A poll worker said a steady stream of people stopped by the Election Tent behind the Douglas County Courthouse in Minden to drop off their ballots.

Saturday was the first day of early in-person voting in Douglas County, though residents have been casting ballots that were mailed to them since the end of September.

According to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office they’ve received 6,221 ballots either in the mail or in person and have accepted 6,137 of them.

That means that 17 percent of Douglas County voters have already cast their ballots in the race.

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Douglas County residents lined up around the parking lot of the Community & Senior Center in Gardnerville on Saturday to cast their votes in person.

The polls opened at 10 a.m. and the line was still all the way down the south side at 11 a.m. Residents who felt they couldn’t wait in line for medical reasons could use the senior center entrance to bypass the line to vote.

Saturday was the first day of in-person voting in Douglas. Residents also dropped off ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse in Minden.

Early voting continues at the community center until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sixteen percent of Douglas County’s voters cast a ballot they received in the mail before polls opened. According to the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s Office 6,137 ballots of 6,221 submitted have been accepted. The others either require a signature or the signature on the ballot doesn’t match that in the records.

Since ballots went in the mail on Sept. 24, 56 of the 140 ballots requiring a signature fix have been cured by voters, who are notified if there’s an issue.

Early in-person voting continues next week, with polls open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Community Center. Early voting wraps up on Oct. 30. 

The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Douglas County, Washoe Tribe, Topaz Ranch Estates and Kahle community centers.

For more about early voting and participating in Douglas County’s election, visit govotedouglas.com