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Nevada Ranks First for Increase in Voters

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Nevada is at the top of the list for voter turnout in last week's presidential election.

Nearly 44,000 more Nevadans voted this year than in 2008. That's a 4.5 percent increase, which is the highest in the nation.

The Washoe County registrar of voters said the increase is due in part to Nevada being a battleground state.

"Here in Washoe County and in Nevada we just had such interest in this election from beginning to end, because our state was in play most of the time," Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk said. "Nobody knew exactly who was going to take the presidency here."

Burk said more than 188,000 people voted in Washoe County this election, which is the highest turnout the county has ever seen. 78 percent of registered voters in Washoe County cast their ballots, compared to an average of about 60 percent nationally.

Candidates courting Nevada voters spent a lot of resources on advertising, and paid the area a lot of visits, which generated more awareness of the election overall. Burk said that translated into voter turnout at the polls.

But he said it's also Nevada's two full weeks of early voting that allow voters with unusual hours to get their ballots cast.

"Here in the state of Nevada and here in Washoe County too, people have really enjoyed the two weeks of early voting and the convenience of it," Burk said, "and we're going to continue to trend in that direction."

Burk said about 60 percent of voters in Washoe County cast their ballot early, and more than one million people voted overall in Nevada, setting a new state record.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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