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Special Election Voting One Day Away

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Adam Rasmussen
Channel 2 News 

The race for the Second Congressional District is wrapping up, with the last chance for voters to cast their ballots now just one day away.

The four candidates have been campaigning for months, and Tuesday night we should know who will fill now-Senator Dean Heller's old seat in the house.

Nearly 40,000 people voted early,and officials are expecting thousands more to show up to the polls tomorrow. Officials are very pleased with the turnout so far. They say the number of early voters for this special election almost matches the entire turnout for the 2006 general election.

"Together that shows us that it's going to be a stronger turnout than perhaps we thought it was when we first got into this," says Dan Burk, Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

And officials say they're more than ready for voters to hit the polls for Tuesday's election.

The voting machines are set up at all 69 polling locations around the state, and 500 workers are ready to go.

They expect 30,000 more voters Tuesday to pick Republican Mark Amodei, Democrat Kate Marshall, Independent American Tim Fasano or Independent Helmuth Lehmann as their next representative in Congress.

"To really do this well in a special election with just one particular contest on the ballot really says a lot about the people in Washoe County," says Burk.

Officials say many people were unfamiliar with the candidates just a few months ago, but potential voters we talked to continue to closely follow this election.

"I've been looking forward since they started campaigning," says Linda Thompson.

Others say they've seen a bit of apathy in voters, but still think this election is just as important as any other.

"I think it's important to vote in every election," says Jim Johnson.  "If you don't vote, you don't have a chance to complain later."

And voting in this election is easier than in year's past.  Officials say new advances in technology and better organization at check-in will make the voting process much faster.  One early voter says she was in and out.

"It was great," says Billie Reed.  "It was great. I enjoy that, I will vote early from here on out."

Voting officials say they expect this to be a tight race to the finish, centered right here in Washoe County.

"This contest, win or lose, is going to be made right here in Washoe County," says Burk.  "This is where the decision will be made."

Officials want to remind voters to bring your sample ballots along when you vote.

The bar code on the back has all your information so they can scan it when you check-in, speeding up the voting process for everybody.

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