Pahrump Valley Times
Early voting turnout this year was heavy, with 8,681 votes cast, according to the Nye County clerk’s office.
Early voting ended in Pahrump Wednesday, where 8,194 people already cast early votes. In Tonopah, where early voting ends today, 487 people have already cast ballots.
Another 1,898 Nye County voters cast absentee or mail-in ballots.
That was 603 more early voters than the 8,078 people who voted early in the 2008 presidential election, which was 46 percent of the 17,533 people who went to the polls that year. Nye County voter turnout in the 2008 general election ended up at 70.25 percent of the 24,957 registered voters; early voting comprised 32.3 percent of all registered voters.
The 8,681 votes cast early so far this year comprises 31.8 percent of the 27,266 registered voters for this election. Voter registration ended Oct. 16.
The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office reported 4,230 registered Republicans voted early in Nye County, along with 2,688 Democrats and 1,763 with other registrations.
Early voting peaked at 1,015 voters who went to the polls on Oct. 23; turnout was slowest on Sundays. Last Sunday, 346 people cast early votes. After heavy turnout of more than 900 people each day from Monday through Thursday of last week, turnout was in the range of 733 to 808 voters Monday through Wednesday of this week.
Statewide, the secretary of state tallied 503,404 early votes cast as of Wednesday night, of which 224,533 were registered Democrats, 184,568 registered Republicans and 94,303 from other parties.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, election day. Voters in Pahrump precincts 9, 10, 16, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32 will vote at the Bob Ruud Community Center. Voters in Pahrump precincts 11, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 28, 30 and 31, mostly south of Highway 372, will vote at J.G. Johnson Elementary School, 900 E. Jackrabbit St., about two blocks north of Calvada Boulevard and a few blocks west of Pahrump Valley Boulevard. Manse Elementary School is no longer being used as a voting location.
Other voting places include the Amargosa Complex, the Beatty Community Building, the Tonopah Convention Center and the Donald L. Simpson Community Center. Voters in remote locations like Currant, Duckwater, Gabbs, Ione, Manhattan, Sunnyside and also Crystal, vote by mail.