Counties Told to Not to Cut Back on Early Voting on Nevada Day

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Clerks in seven counties were told Wednesday by the state's top election official to not cut back on a
two-week period of early voting just because the final - and likely
the biggest - day falls this year on Oct., 31, Nevada Day.

Secretary of State Ross Miller said state law "mandates that permanent polling locations remain open on Nevada Day." He adds that, "From both a legal and a policy standpoint, keeping the polls open is the appropriate decision."

The secretary of state's office noted that clerks in Esmeralda, Lincoln, Pershing, Mineral, Lyon and Eureka counties didn't plan to have early voting on Nevada Day, while Nye County officials had planned to limit such voting to Tonopah while excluding Pahrump.

Early voting starts Oct. 18, and by the time such balloting ends it's expected to account for a large chunk of all voting.

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