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Voter registration to close Saturday

by Merrie Leininger

The last day to register for the Nov. 3 general election is Saturday, Oct. 3, and quickly approaching.

The Douglas County Clerk’s office will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m., so voters have no excuse not to register.

The general service office in the Tahoe Sheriff’s office will also be open at the same hours for registration. In Minden, the clerk’s office is located inside the Minden Inn at 1616 Eighth St. The Tahoe branch is inside the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 175 Highway 50.

County Clerk/Treasurer Barbara Reed said the latest numbers, as of Sept. 15, show 26,482 people have registered for the general election.

That number is up from the 1996 general election total registered of 23,634. There were 9,453 total votes cast in this year’s primary.

Reed said the number of people registered goes up every general election.

“That’s consistent with what has occurred in the past,” shesaid. “I assume it is because of growth in the county.”

To register, you must be a resident of the United States and of the county for at least 30 days by Nov. 30.

Voters must also be 18 years old before Nov. 3.

Reed said she is not sure how the Clinton scandal will affect voter turnout, but hopes people will still come out to vote.

“It is an important election,” she said. “I’m truly hoping for over 60 percent turnout.”

She said the Ensign-Reid runoff might draw the biggest number of votes because it is the closest to the Washington hoopla and because it has received so much publicity so far.

“Because of everything going on with Washington. It’s been more publicized and you see more of it on TV and in debate and discussion about it,” she said. “There are some state questions, too. Term limits, marijuana and a couple of tax questions, so it’s important.”

Early voting starts Oct. 17. The polling places are available on the sample ballots, which will be mailed out Oct. 13, and on the Web page at

Absentee ballots are available now at the clerk’s office. Reed suggested calling the office as soon as possible so clerks can prepare them. For more information call 782-9023.

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