Nevada’s Early Voting period is over and today will be the final determination on who will be our country’s next president. If you haven’t voted already, the polls are open all over Washoe County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. sharp. The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is offering free transit services all day to help people get to their polling locations; check rtcwashoe.com for route and scheduling information.
Keep in mind that you have to vote in the precinct noted on your Sample Ballot. People receive different ballots on who they can vote for depending on where they live, which is why it is important to go to your exact polling location to be able to get a ballot appropriate to your location. The cutoff date to register to vote in Nevada was Oct. 18.
Northern Nevada saw a solid turnout of voters on Oct. 22’s opening day of Early Voting with around 2,409 voters casting their ballots in Sparks alone (out of 9,429 voters). But it looks like a lot of people waited until the last minute, considering that 16,373 people in Washoe County came out to vote on Nov. 4.
Out of the six Sparks early voting stations (set up at Legends at Sparks Marina, Raley’s Store #102, Raley’s Store #110, Scolari’s Store #101, Spanish Springs Library, and Sparks Library), a total of 27,715 voters turned out throughout the two-week early voting duration.
Washoe County saw its strongest Early Voting turnout ever for this election. From the end of October through the first week in November- 129,727 out of 263,554 registered voters cast their ballots. The previous record was 111,189 early voters for the 2012 General Election. Across the country, over 22 million people turned out for early voting and sent their absentee ballots in.
In our region, we will introduce a new Justice of Peace, three empty Sparks City Council seats will be filled and several other state and district assembly positions will be inaugurated to be able to forge ahead in the planning and development of Sparks and Washoe County.
Voters are asked to fill out their sample ballots ahead of time to help speed up the voting process at the polls.
If registered voters have any questions about their sample ballot or anything else General Election- related, they should contact the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office at (775) 328-3670.