Long campaign season ends Tuesday | RecordCourier.com

Long campaign season ends Tuesday

Early voters are seen at the Minden Courthouse this past Thursday morning.
Brad Coman |

The number of early voters in Douglas County set a record on Friday with 14,445 casting a ballot before Election Day on Tuesday.

With 2,832 absentee ballots turned in so far, that accounts for 58.4 percent of the county’s active voters.

That leaves slightly more than 40 percent of the Douglas County electorate to vote on Tuesday.

Friday was the last day for early voting and many voters said they cast their votes then because it was convenient, and to get it done and over with.

Lisa Wilde and Samira Fatehyar agreed that the campaigns were exhausting.

“I am so tired of all the campaign commercials, I could pull my hair out,” said Wilde.

Despite that, they were happy it was coming to an end and hope to see change. Wilde wants change in the economics of the U.S. and to see improvement, while Fatehyar wants change in the political system.

No matter the result a majority of voters just want to see change happen and first time voter Michael Hoyt thinks that voting can make the difference.

“It’s nice to have a say in what happens from county to nation,” said Hoyt. “Your vote actually does matter.”

Voting machines will be moved to the dozen polling places located around Douglas County in time for Election Day. Then voters must go to their precinct’s polling place to cast a ballot between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Results will be announced on Tuesday night.

Anyone who has an absentee ballot may drop it off at any polling place or at the courthouse up until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Douglas County is home to 29,576 active registered voters as of Oct. 20. There are also 5,972 inactive voters on the rolls.

Inactive voters may cast a ballot by showing up at the polls and providing confirmation of their address and information.

Countywide, two school board seats are up for election in this cycle. Larry Lippman and Linda Gilkerson are vying for the seat being vacated by Teri Jamin, who is term limited. Lake Tahoe school board representative Cindy Trigg has also completed 12 years as a trustee. Her seat is being sought by Micheal Kiger and B. Keith Byer.

There are also contested elections for several of the county’s districts, including Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District, East Fork Swimming Pool District, Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Marla Bay General Improvement District, Cave Rock General Improvement District, and Minden Town Board.

Douglas County commissioner candidates Barry Penzel, Dave Nelson and Larry Walsh, and Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis are unopposed.

The Record-Courier’s press time on Tuesday is before the polls close, so results will be available at http://www.record courier.com and in Friday’s edition.

Polling Locations

■ CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Avenue, Minden

■ Fish Springs Fire Station, 2249 Fish Springs Road, Gardnerville

■ Gardnerville Fire Station, 1255 Douglas Avenue, Gardnerville

■ Genoa Fire Station, 2298 Main Street, Genoa

■ Sunridge Fire Station, 3620 N. Sunridge Dr., Carson City

■ Gardnerville Ranchos Fire Station, 940 Mitch Drive, Gardnerville

■ Topaz Ranch Estates Fire Station, 1476 Albite Dr., Wellington

■ Johnson Lane Fire Station, 1450 Stephanie Lane, Minden

■ Washoe Elder Center, 801 WaSheShu, Gardnerville

■ Fish Springs Fire Station, 2249 Fish Springs Road, Gardnerville

■ Sheridan Fire Station, 980 Sheridan Road, Gardnerville

■ Ruhenstroth Fire Station, 2008 Pinto Circle, Gardnerville

■ Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline