Easy Guide to Early Voting


RENO, Nev. -- There are only a few days left until the primary elections and new numbers are showing that voters are doing just about anything other than voting.

Time is the key complaint among some voters, but they aren't worried about the time it takes to vote--they want more time to do their research.

"I haven't had time to check out what the candidates are representing," said one Reno woman.

"It's graduation time, people are planning weddings, people planning trips. I just think it's an awkward time," said another Reno woman.

There are plenty of excuses for not getting to the polls early and they resonate across the state.

As of now, 78,000 Nevadans have voted early in this Primary Election, which is only about 7% of active voters in the state.

"It really does give fewer people that voice and there's no reason for anyone who has a chance express their choice, Louanne Cutler from the Washoe County Registrar's Office said.

So far this year in Washoe County,14,000 people have voted early compared to the 111,000 early voters in the 2012 General Elections.

"There's so much to choose from the ballot this time that are geared to us locally," said Cutler. "They're equally important as what people vote on during a General Election."

The county hoped that this year's 18-candidate race for Mayor of Reno would drive the voters, but that's not the case.

Many voters say they want a one-stop-shop that will save them time, answer their questions and show them everything they need to know about the candidates.

The Washoe County Registrar of Voters has made that easy for you on its website. You can click through all the open offices and scroll through each candidate who filed this year. You'll also have direct access to their websites and contact information.

"We're hoping that people are waiting to the last minute or are needing more time to make up their mind and are still planning to come out and vote," Cutler said.


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