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Glitch Changes Some Washoe County Voters' Party Affiliation

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The Washoe County Registrar of Voters says there is a glitch in the system that has affected a handful of people.  Luanne Cutler says a small number of voters registered as Democrats or Republicans but when they received their voter registration card, it listed their party affiliation as "Other". 

"We've targeted those voters, just to confirm which party they would like to be registered with," Cutler said. "We want to err on the side of caution and make sure that everybody's lined up and good to go for 2016."

Cutler says the problem appears to be a communication defect between the state's database and Washoe County's system.

"They started out in the statewide system, putting in their information and somehow when it got imported into our system, that's where the difference lies," Cutler said.

The problem was not noticed until a few voters called the Registrar's Office, that had the wrong information on their voter registration cards.

"When we got a couple calls saying 'I didn't choose the other party when I registered online,' that kind of caused us to investigate a little bit," Cutler said.

Cutler says it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible because anyone that is not registered as a member of one of the major parties can only vote for nonpartisan offices during the primary election.

"With so much focus on the upcoming election year, we know there will be even more focus on the primary this year," Cutler said. "We just want to be sure everybody is set up exactly as they choose to be."

Campaign 2016 is already in full swing, with candidates traveling the country, stumping for votes. Cutler says that has created some activity in voter registration. Washoe County has 219,437 registered voters: 84,122 are Republicans and 77,227 are Democrats and Nonpartisan voters make up 41,807 of total voters.

"Washoe County tends to always have a pretty even split, which makes us sometimes the focus of national attention," Cutler said.

Cutler says voter registration will continue to rise over the next year. The last two general elections saw about 240,000 registered voters in Washoe County. With more voters expected, Cutler says they are working to fix the glitch.

"We've been working for awhile, trying to get this fixed and we know that the Secretary of State's Office is on it, trying to get that taken care of for us," Cutler said."

Cutler says the best way to check your voter information is to log onto washoecounty.us/voters and type in your name and birthday.

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