With early voting starting at 10 a.m. today the Douglas County Clerk's
Office is bracing for a busy election season, though perhaps not a record one.
Clerk-Treasurer Ted Thran said Wednesday that he's not seeing the same dynamic the county has had in past years.
"I'm a little more cautious," he said. "We might see 85-90 percent turnout. Our absentee balloting is slowing down a bit."
In 2008, 3,669 absentee ballots were returned to the clerk's office.
Thran said so far this year, the number of absentee ballot requests may hit 4,000, not all of which will be returned. Oct. 30 is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot.
Thran said the real test will be the turnout today, the first day of early voting, which will take place at the historic Douglas County Courthouse at 1616 Eighth St., at the county's Stateline offices and at the community center in Topaz Ranch Estates. Thran urged residents to bring their sample ballots, which should have arrived in the mail this week.
He said that because of the proliferation of bumper stickers and magnetic car signs, parts of the county courthouse parking lot will be cordoned off to comply with a Nevada law that prohibits electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.
Anyone who is registered to vote in Douglas County may cast a ballot at any open polling place during early voting, but voters must cast a ballot at their designated polling place on Election Day.
For both of the last general elections, more than half of the electorate has voted absentee or early.
The last presidential election had a record-breaking 92.31 percent turnout, up from the 92.04 percent record turnout set in 2004.