Voters cite many reasons for casting ballot early

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- More than 9,000 Washoe County residents cast their ballots on the first day of early voting. At several polling places across the county, voters were met with the length of lines that would be expected on Election Day, not a Saturday two weeks before.

"They will be just as busy in early voting as you might expect your polling place to be on Election Day," said Luanne Cutler, Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

Early voting is popular because voters can do it on their own time and, with as contentious as this election cycle has been, people just want to get it over with.

"I just wanted to come in and get my vote done and then I can just shrug it off when I hear stuff," said Michael Wentz, an early voter.

"I am getting so tired of everything that is going on. I come and I vote, then there is nothing I can do now but just sit and wait," said Shawn Kovacich, another early voter.

Waiting is what many voters did Saturday. At Shoppers Square it took 20 to 30 minutes before voters were able cast their ballots. Traditionally, the first day and the last few days of early voting are the busiest. Fortunately, there are plenty of days in between that are less busy.

"There are two full weeks. Many, many, many hours of early voting available. You can just get that take care of at your convenience rather than specifically on election day at a specific location," said Cutler.

KOLO 8 News Now looked at the early voting numbers of the last several elections and there was a standout. If you want to avoid the lines, go on a Sunday. It traditionally has the smallest number of early voters.

Waiting, though, doesn’t work for everyone.

"The moment we could vote we wanted to vote. Absolutely," said Bob and Tish Crouch, an early voting couple.

The Crouches say they don't want to take any chances at losing their opportunity to vote. Distractions later on or the possibility of a flat tire on Election Day are all things that influenced nearly twice as many Washoe County residents to vote early as opposed to on Election Day.

"In both of the last two presidential elections we have had over 100 thousand people run through early voting, so needless to say it is very popular," said Cutler.

Early voting continues every day through Friday, November 4th.

Click here for early voting times and locations.