Early voting in Douglas County begins
Douglas County voters have a short list to consider as the primary election gets under way today.
Early voting for all precincts will continue through Sept. 1. Primary election day is Sept. 5.
Democrats and non-partisans in Douglas County can weigh in on three races – one for a Supreme Court seat, one for a state education board post and one for the Douglas County’s Area 4 school board position.
Republicans will vote on those races, as well as on one for a U.S. Representative and one for a U.S. Senator.
Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Reed spent Thursday morning preparing ballot boxes for early voters.
“(The primary) is smaller than it usually is, but, hopefully, people won’t say it doesn’t matter,” she said. “I think we may have a low turnout. I hope they prove me wrong.”
Reed said 27,214 people are registered to vote. Of those, 20,173 are active. Republicans dominate the rolls with 11,909 members. There are 5,538 Democrats and 2,263 non partisan voters.
Early voting for all precincts will be held every day except Sunday at the Minden Inn, 1594 Esmeralda Avenue. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Four other locations have also been established.
Voters in precincts 10 and 24 can go to the Topaz Ranch Estates park building on Carter Way today and Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early voting is also scheduled there Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m.
The Johnson Lane fire station, 1450 Stephanie Way, will be open on Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. for early voters in precincts 6, 11, 13, 15, 21, 22 and 23. Those voters can also cast ballots Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ridgeview Estates Fire Station, 3463 Princeton Ave.
Lake Tahoe residents can vote today and Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the county administration building, 175 Highway 50. The building will also be open for early voting Aug. 28 from 5-7 p.m.
Reed noted her office has had several calls from people confused by the format of their ballots. The ballots include a list of candidates who are unopposed in the primary, and whose names aren’t on the primary ballot. Another page includes the list of candidates who are on the ballot.
“We’ve had lots of calls, but the law requires that we do that,” Reed noted. “The clerks have proposed some legislation to change that, and we’ll be bringing it forward in the next session.”