Secretary of State Dean Heller already is predicting a record voter turnout for the November general election in Nevada.
"I'm expecting a high turnout - 70 percent or better - because of the prsidential race," he said.
Heller said President Bush's approval of southern Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the site for the nation's nuclear waste dump would help generate interest in the election.
But he said interest in state legislative races spurred by a record $833 million tax increase approved by the 2003 Legislature also will draw voters.
Another key race on the ballot will be for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Harry Reid, D-Nev., who faces no serious opposition at this time.
Rep. Jim Gibbons, the Republican's first choice to challenge him, is seeking re-election instead.