You don't have to go to the polls on June 10 to vote in the primary election

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 5/27/2014 6:45 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Voting is a right, but getting to the polls on election day isn't always easy for every voter.

Work, physical health and transportation are just a few of the hurdles that could keep voters from getting to the polls, but Washoe County Registrar Luanne Cutler said they're doing everything they can to help voters work around those issues.

"We have currently in Washoe County just a squeak over 217 thousand [people] registered," Cutler said.

Cutler said in a non-Presidential election year, only about 30-33 percent of voters will cast a ballot in the primary.

That's 65-72,000 people.

Most of them, she said, won't wait until June 10 to vote.

"Early voting without a doubt is our most popular option anymore," Cutler said.

She said in the last election about two-thirds of voters cast ballots before election day.

"There's 16 locations around Washoe County that any registered voter can show up at and vote there and have it out of the way," Cutler said.

The list of locations and hours is on the county's website.

If you can't get to the polls at all, you can have the ballot mailed to you and vote absentee.

"It's absolutely good for people who have a hard time getting out," Cutler said. "This gives them the luxury of taking their time, and marking their ballot after doing a little research, but doing it in the comfort of their own home."

You just have to request a ballot by June 3 and make sure it's back in the registrar's office before 7 p.m. on election night.

No matter how you vote, Cutler said this primary is every bit as important as the general election.

"If you really want your voice to be heard, this is a great time to do it," she said.

If you're still not sure what is the best way for you to vote in the primary election, you can call the registrar's office at (775)328-3670, or you can look for answers on its website.
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