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Early Voting Begins Today

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Election day is still more than two weeks away, but that doesn't mean you have to wait that long to cast your ballot. Early voting begins Saturday, October 20th and ends November 2nd.

Early voting is growing in popularity and it begins Saturday. 101,000 people voted early in 2008, compared to just 58,000 that voted on Election Day. Luanne Cutler is the Senior Deputy Registrar and says Washoe County is expecting even more early voters this year.

125 voter machines are being set up at 22 different locations around Washoe County.

"The poll workers are going out at a prearranged time to set up their sites and test the equipment, make sure everything's ready to go," Cutler said.

A record 141,400 people are registered to vote in Washoe County, this year. That's 10,000 more than the previous record and officials say many of them will be voting early.

"It's very exciting to get things going and let people get out and cast their ballot," Cutler said.

To speed up the process, it's best to bring your sample ballot so volunteers can simply scan it for you. Also, bring your ID, just in case your signature doesn't match up.

"It's extremely convenient," Cutler said. "Voters can go at any time during that whole 2-week period that a location near them is open."

That convenience is why so many people will vote early, but that doesn't necessarily mean you will avoid the lines.

"Early voting is so popular that at certain locations, at certain times, they may need to be prepared to wait just a few minutes," Cutler said.

It also means you don't have to go to your designated polling place, choosing the location that works best for you.

"If they're looking for a spot where maybe the lines are a little shorter than some places are, they can just give us a call and we would be happy to point them in the right direction to some of the quieter locations," Cutler said.

The busiest days for early voting are usually the first and last day, with fewer people coming in on weekdays.

For more information, please visit www.washoecounty.us/voters

Registrar of Voters Phone: (775) 328-3670
Regular 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 Paul Nelson
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