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Early voters rush to the polls

Early voters were wrapped around the Douglas County Courthouse on Saturday.
Tara Addeo |

Turnout first day of early voting

October 2016 1,138

October 2014 903

October 2012 1,636

October 2010 1,679

October 2008 1,174

The number of early voters turning out to cast a ballot on Monday shot upward, with more than 1,600 visiting the Douglas County Courthouse, bringing the total to 2,746 for the first two days.

Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis said Tuesday she was thrilled by the turn-out.

Between early and absentee voting, 14 percent of Douglas County’s active voters had cast a ballot by Monday evening.

Lewis said she’d heard people say that they decided to come in on Monday after seeing the number of people voting on Saturday.

“It was almost 6 p.m. before we saw it die down,” she said of Monday’s rush.

Things appeared to have calmed down a bit on Tuesday, she said.

Polls are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday for the Nevada Day holiday. Anyone may vote at any polling place during early voting. Visit govotedouglas.com for more information.

The more than 1,100 early voters who turned out on Saturday represented a big jump over early voting in 2014, but wasn’t quite a record for the past five elections.

That would have been in 2010, when 1,679 voters came out on the first day of early voting.

Traditionally about half of Douglas County’s electorate votes early or absentee, with the rest coming out on Nov. 8, Election Day.