Voter turnout numbers in Washoe County reach highest in 8 years
Voter turnout in Washoe County saw a 15 percent jump from 2014 per the Washoe County Registrar of Voters. It's the highest number for a primary election in eight years.
All 79 polling locations were open and available for Washoe County registered voters to cast a ballot for the 2018 Primary Election, according to Washoe County officials.
These high turnout numbers were garnered despite a few hiccups reported by some voters.
Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office received reports of a ballot display issue that prevented some voters from seeing the entire list of candidates for some races.
Poll workers were able to successfully address the issue voters were able to cast a complete ballot, according to a statement from Washoe County.
The registrar's office also reported a “fled voter” issue, which happens when a voter does not complete or officially cast their ballot, remove their card, and return the still-active card to the poll worker.
In this scenario, subsequent voters receive a card that prompts them to vote on the previous voter's incomplete ballot.
“With any new system, there will be unforeseen issues that will need to be addressed,” said Deanna Spikula, Registrar of Voters in a statement. “After the election, we will be reviewing each instance and our vendor, Dominion Voting, has let us know that these instances are trackable.”
On June 12, 2018 there were 257, 570 active voters in Washoe County. According to the Registrar of Voters, there are 90, 581 democrats, 96, 525 republicans, 52, 253 nonpartisan and 18, 211 registered as 'other'.
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