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As Presidential Race Nears, Washoe County Tightens

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The final deadline to register to vote is 15 days away and based on the numbers, Washoe County voters could have a big impact.

Nevada is one of about nine swing states the presidential campaigns are targeting. Washoe County is being called a battleground county within a battleground state.

Registrar of Voters for Washoe County Dan Burk said the other 16 counties in Nevada are pretty much decided, but Washoe County is always right down the middle.

"We're about 1.1% apart and that's about 2,500 voters between Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans are slightly up right now."

Burk said on election nights, everyone across the state is always calling asking for an update on the numbers in Washoe County because it's always so close.

Also, he said what's surprising to him is how many people are declaring themselves non-partisan. He said usually about 14% of voters have no party affiliation. This year, that number is around 17%.

According to a poll published by Politico and George Washington University Monday morning, Mitt Romney has a slight lead over President Obama when it comes to independent voters.

Romney is leading by four points. However, among likely voters, the president has the advantage by two points.

As you can see, your vote is important, but you need to register within the next couple weeks if you plan to.

Burk said if you are registering, there are few things you need.

"They always need to bring identification with them. We prefer they have a Nevada driver's license or Nevada ID. A passport or something like that would be nice. We need something that's been government issued with a photo on it. Also, we need evidence of their address and where they're living."

Back in 2008, President Obama became the first Democrat to carry Washoe County since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

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For more information, please visit www.washoecounty.us/voters/index.html Registrar of Voters: Phone: (775) 328-3670 Office Hours: Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Closed Holidays 1001 E 9th St., Room A-135, Reno, NV 89512

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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