Early Voting Ends with Light Turnout

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 6/06/2014 5:48 pm
Reno, NV--KRNV--Early voting ends today with a very light turnout of 10 percent predicted. Washoe County Registrar Luanne Cutler had previously predicted a turnout of 34 percent based on the history of previous elections.  She has had to ease back on that prediction after discovering earlier this week the turnout was around 7 percent.  Early voting started 14 days ago.   Cutler said the activity at the 16 polling locations started to pick up a couple of days ago adding, "We were a little alarmed but it was Memorial Day weekend.  I think the weather was great and people were out doing other things previously."  

The turnout in early voting in this primary is very different from previous years.  Cutler said, "Our initial turnout prediction was based on prior non-presidential year primary statistics.  So far, we're not getting close to that so I'm hoping we'll see a great turnout on election day."  Back in 2012, there was hot presidential race and early voting drew 49 percent of eligible voters in the primary.  The turnout was even greater in the General election with 59 percent of registered voters casting a ballot that year.  Cutler and others say there are many theories on why the turnout is so low this year.   Some say it's because there is no "hot" federal or state race. Others note several candidates are unopposed this time while some say races, like the Reno Mayor's race, have too many candidates.  Cutler said, "Some folks think that maybe there's so many candidates on the ballot that people are a little overwhelmed.  They don't feel lik they have the time to do the research." 

Whatever the reason for the low voter turnout, voters have time to turn things around.  The polls are open on Tuesday, June 10th from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Unlike in early voting, you must vote at your designated polling place.  The location of your polling place is on the back of your sample ballot.  
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