AP: Sisolak, Cortez Masto and Laxalt win primaries; some initial local race results

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Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 9:06 PM PDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 2:12 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - JUNE 15, 2 P.M. Washoe County reported that they had received about 6,000 ballots in the mail Wednesday that will be processed and counted throughout the day.

To see updated numbers for Washoe County, click here.

JUNE 15, 1:30 P.M. Votes are still being tallied from Tuesday’s primary election. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, more than 334,000 people across the state voted. That represents a little more than 18 percent of registered voters.

In Washoe County, more than 48,000 people voted, reflecting a total voter turnout of about 15 percent.

Those numbers are expected to change over the next few days as more mail-in ballots are received and counted.

11:25 P.M. UPDATE: The Associated Press projects incumbent Rep. Mark Amodei as the winner in the Nevada Second Congressional District Republican primary over Danny Tarkanian.

The Associated Press picks Elizabeth Krauss as winning the Democratic nomination for the Second Congressional District seat.

Tarkanian is the son of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. He was elected to the Douglas County Commission in 2020 after unsuccessful bids in Clark County for both House and U.S. Senate seats.

Amodei has held the House seat since 2011.

11:10 P.M. UPDATE: In the first batch of counted votes released by Washoe County, Mayor Hillary Schieve had 38 percent of the vote in the mayor’s race, followed by Eddie Lorton with 26 percent and Jenny Brekhus with 18 percent.

Incumbent Naomi Duerr led in the Ward 2 race, followed by Jay Kenny and Tyler Hinman.

Incumbent Bonnie Weber led in the Ward 4 race followed by Meghan Ebert and then Dennis Owen.

In the Justice of the Peace Department 2 race, Bruce Hahn and Kendra Bertschy were in a close race for the lead with Cotter Conway in third place.

In the District 2 County Commission Republican race, incumbent Bob Lucey trailed Michael E. Clark.

In the District 5 County Commission Republican race, incumbent Jeanne Herman led Wendy Leonard.

10:50 P.M. UPDATE: Speaking at the Tamarack Junction Casino on Tuesday night, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt said his campaign will support law enforcement and their families, will work to reinforce borders and will work to stop inflation.

Laxalt said he will work to support liberties given to use by the creator and the Constitution and will work to restore American strength and exceptionalism.

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s campaign released a statement charging Laxalt won thanks to $2 million in support from Washington, D.C., special interest groups.

“Adam Laxalt is only out for himself, not Nevada, which is why he was overwhelmingly rejected in his last campaign,” said Cortez Masto campaign spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank.

The Associated Press picks Attorney General Aaron Ford as winner in the Democratic primary

The Associated Press projects Jim Marchant as winning the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

10:05 P.M. UPDATE: The Associated Press projects Adam Laxalt as the winner for the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

Washoe County has not reported election results as of 10:05 p.m.

9:45 P.M. UPDATE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak won the Democratic nomination for governor while U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won the Democratic nomination for Senate, The Associated Press reported.

Vote totals were slow to come in, but Sisolak and Cortez Masto picked up big wins in the heavily Democratic Clark County, the largest county in the state.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo held the early lead in the first Clark County votes counted in the Republican race for governor. Adam Laxalt held the early lead in Clark County’s votes for the U.S. Senate nomination.

As of 9:45 p.m., Washoe County had not reported any results.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tuesday is the big day for the Silver State.

Starting at 7 a.m., Nevadans will head to the polls to vote for leaders in local and state offices.

As you prepare to make those decisions, here are a few reminders, even if you’re not registered yet.

Fifty-seven voting centers will be open in Washoe County until 7 p.m. You will be able to cast your vote as long as you’re in line before that time.

As of 4 p.m., almost 13,000 people cast their votes on election day, the Washoe County Registrar of Voters reported.

Time Democratic Republican Nonpartisan Total
4:00 PM 2,933 8,832 1,056 12,821
2:00 PM 2,134 6,523 754 9,411
12:00 PM 1,402 4,580 504 6,487
10:00 AM 705 2371 248 3,324

If you haven’t registered or need to update your voter registration, you can do so online at the Secretary of State’s website or, you can do it in person using same-day registration at any polling location. You must provide a valid Nevada ID or Nevada driver’s license with proof of residency, if different from the one on your identification.

If you’re voting by mail, know that mail-in ballots will be accepted up to four days after the election but only if they are postmarked by no later than Tuesday, June 14.

“We do like to remind people that if you’re going to drop it in the mailbox on Tuesday, to make sure your mailman hasn’t already come,” said Jamie Rodriguez, government affairs manager at Washoe County. “Because if your mailman has come on Tuesday before you put it in the mailbox that’ll be postmarked for the 15th and we won’t be able to count that.”

Make sure to use a black or blue ink pen to fill out your mail-in ballot. Once you do, you can drop it off in person. But unlike early voting, you can only do so at the voting centers and not the registrar’s office.

If you are voting in person, it is important to make sure your ballot has been processed.

“Make sure you wait when you hit cast your ballot,” said Rodriguez. “Wait for a big green check mark, that actually means that your vote has been recorded. During early voting we did have people leave before that happened. The polling managers were able to go ahead and cast those ballots for you.”

At the top of washoecounty.gov/voters, there’s a light blue “Wait Times Map” button. Click it on Tuesday to see polling and ballot drop-off locations around the greater Reno area and how long the wait is at each.

Remember that you can also check the status of your ballot and voter registration online.

With the January 6 hearings, people are taking a closer look at elections. On Monday afternoon, Rodriguez told KOLO 8 News Now that the county is very confident elections are secure.

As mentioned above, Nevada law allows for counties to receive ballots by mail for up to four days after election day if they are postmarked on or before election day. Then an additional two days are set aside to handle any issues with signatures that don’t match those on record.

There’s also another day assigned to check if people voted in two different places in the county. Finally, three days after that, the county commissioners – plus the board of supervisors in Carson City – certify the election results.

Final election results will be available no later than June 24, 10 days after the election.

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