DECISION 2018: Early voting up 11 percent in Washoe County, new machines working well

DECISION 2018: Early voting up 11 percent in Washoe County, new machines working well

Early voting in Washoe County is up 11 percent over four years ago at this time, according to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

As of Tuesday, 18,590 Washoe County residents had cast their ballots in person, up from 14,078 on the same day in 2014.

Even when you account for overall growth in the number of registered voters, that's still an 11.4 percent increase in early voting compared to the 2014 midterm elections.

There's also an increase compared to the 2016 primaries, which was a presidential election year.

Early voting has increased 6.4 percent compared to two years ago, according to data provided by Washoe County Registrar of Voters Deanna Spikula.

Spikula also said that the brand new voting machines are 'running wonderfully,' with no significant glitches or issues reported so far.

Washoe County announced the upgrades last fall, and the new machines cost about $4.2 million.

The new machines replace machines that had been around since 2004.

Spikula said they should be familiar to voters, since they are still touchscreen tablets, with a more user-friendly interface.

Early voting ends on Friday, June 8th, with election day on Tuesday, June 12th.




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