Voting booth returns to Dresslerville |

Voting booth returns to Dresslerville

Dresslerville will get a voting machine for the Nov. 2 general election, according to Clerk-Treasurer Ted Thran.

The machine was pulled by Thran’s predecessor for the 2008 primary and general elections after the county ran short, which prompted a complaint to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Voters in Dresslerville were mailed ballots, but the activist group claimed the lack of a voting machine hurt turnout.

Washoe Tribal member and election volunteer Edmund James said the machine will be in the Washoe Senior Center on Election Day.

“We always had one polling area, as far back as I can remember,” the 48-year-old said. “We had so many problems last election cycle that people were fed up. They weren’t getting the right information. It was something that kind of got lost in the transition. People are so used to go to a certain polling area, when the polling station was not there, they got upset.”

James said that went for both the voters and the county.

“Now we’ve got things smoothed out,” he said.

Washoes will be voting in the election for tribal council and chairman on Saturday, which James said may pose some confusion for those looking to vote in the county election.

“The battle now is to get that information out to everybody,” he said.