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Washoe County Prepares for Election Day

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The nation is getting ready for tomorrow's election and that means a lot of work is happening behind the scenes.

Months and months of planning and work has gone into getting ready for Election Day.

With 90 polling places throughout the Washoe County, there is still a lot of work left.

Six poll workers are getting Marvin Moss Elementary School ready for the big day. It's just one polling place where they're are setting up equipment, including eight voting machines.

"We have to put the paper on," polling place manager Lois Lefebvre said. "Once it's on, we'll do a print test and shut it back down. Paperwork, we have to go through. Signs, we have to put up."

Polling place managers are getting everything where it needs to be and the Registrar's Office is taking care of last minute absentee ballots.

Getting 530 poll workers up to speed is no easy task either.

"It's just making sure that all of the people that are a part of this big task are all on the same page," Senior Deputy Registrar Luanne Cutler said. "Everybody getting ready so that we can open first thing at 7:00 tomorrow morning."

Officials expect big voter turnout and say polling places will likely be as busy as the last presidential election, in 2008.

"The presidentials seem to be a lot more intense," Cutler said. "So, we are expecting a busy day tomorrow and a lot of activity at the polls and hopefully an early result at the end of the night."

In Washoe County more than 111,000 people voted early - 46% of registered voters and marks a new early voting record.

County officials think that will help cut down on the wait tomorrow.

"My advice would be to maybe try to go midday, to vote at the polls, if you're able to," Cutler said. "Avoid first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening, if that's a possibility."

With all the finishing touches getting done at the polling places today, the rest is up to the voters.

"Get out and vote," Lefebvre said. "It's fun."

The polls will be open from 7AM to 7PM, tomorrow. Results should start coming in at about 7:30PM.

To speed up the process, try to bring your sample ballot so poll workers can simply scan your barcode.

Written by Paul Nelson
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