Mail-in ballots popular option this election |

Mail-in ballots popular option this election

First Day of Early voting. Credit: Douglas County Clerk-Treasuer’s Office

Next weekend’s Nevada Day Parade will be a popular event for candidates, their opportunities to connect with Douglas voters who haven’t yet cast a ballot is eroding.

Of the 2,578 county voters who cast a ballot as of Saturday, 1,939 used the mails.

The Clerk-Treasurer reported that 639 early votes were cast on the first day of early voting.  Saturday was the first day the number of mail-in ballots received over the previous week, which is why the number is so large.

Along party lines, 1,560 Republicans voted early or absentee, while 592 Democrats cast a ballot. A total of 426 independent and minor county residents voted as of Saturday.

Those numbers reflect the ratio of voters in the county.

On Friday, the Clerk-Treasuer’s Office revealed the final voter registration numbers.

Of the county’s 38,618 voters, 20,675 are Republicans, 8,853 are Democrats and 6,586 are nonpartisan. Independent Americans make up the largest minor party with 1,866 voters while the Reform Party has the fewest with four.

Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the historic Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St. in Minden.

Voters may also vote early 1-5 p.m. today at the Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline.