Ask Joe: Why can't all Cold Springs residents vote in Reno elections?

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From the Ask Joe file, we're following up on the election by addressing a question about who gets to vote in what races.

James Olson wrote in to ask why is it that the Reno Mayor and council members get to decide what is best for residents like him in cold springs but he points out he has no say in the Reno elections?

Here's what I found out:

Cold Springs is located north of the city of Reno with a population of about 8,500 residents. Some of the property up there is zoned for the city of Reno.

The boundaries are very uneven because of the way the city has annexed land over the years. In fact I'm told there is an apartment complex where the city and county boundary runs right through the middle of the building.

It's a similar situation in Lemmon Valley which is divided between city and county jurisdiction.

So you may live in the Cold Springs area and have a Washoe County address while someone else just down the street could have a city of Reno address. There's really nothing that can be done to change this from an election standpoint since you have to have a city of Reno address to vote in city elections.

But our viewer James is right. The city of Reno is making decisions that impact him even though he can't vote. What you can do is attend any public meetings on projects that the city is considering for cold springs. Even though you can't vote, you can still have your voice heard by showing up when the council is considering an issue that may impact your quality of life in some way whether its traffic, water, growth or any other regional issue.

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