Numbers down for early voting; election Tuesday |

Numbers down for early voting; election Tuesday

by Merrie Leininger

Douglas County Clerk/Treasurer Barbara Reed said early voting is down by 50 percent compared to 1996.

As of Saturday, Reed said, only 1,740 people had cast their ballots early. Add that to a little more than 1,800 absentee ballots requests, and the numbers are low numbers.

The absentee vote is down about 25 percent compared to two years ago.

Reed said even in 1994, the first year Douglas County had early voting, more people got the jump start on long Election Day lines.

“Maybe people are tired of the campaigning, I don’t know,” she said.

However, she said things might be looking up, as Monday’s stream of voters seemed a little more steady.

“Maybe people just needed a little time to read the sample ballot and make decisions,” Reed said.

Nevada Day, Friday, Oct. 30, is the last day for early voting, so Reed stressed the importance of casting your ballot.

“It’s pretty important,” she said.

One vote can make a difference, she said. One vote in each precinct of three states would have put Nixon in the White House instead of Kennedy.

Douglas County voted out an incumbent commissioner by a margin of five votes in the 1980s, she said.

After the vote, people told the incumbent they thought he had the vote all wrapped up, or they would have voted for him, Reed recalled.

Early voting is available at the Douglas County Clerk’s Office at the Minden Inn, 1594 Esmeralda Ave., for all precincts.

The office is open Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday was the last day for early voting at the Lake Tahoe office.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call the clerk’s office at 782-9023.

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