A total of 485 Carson City residents turned out for the first day of early voting Saturday.
While that is low compared to the 25,095 active voters on the rolls in Carson City, it’s significantly better than officials thought they would see this cycle. Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover had predicted a low turnout for the primary because there are really only three contentious local races on the primary ballot.
The contest for Carson City Sheriff traditionally draws a lot of attention and this time is no different with two of his own employees challenging Kenny Furlong’s bid for another term. They are Daniel Gonzales and Don Gibson.
In Senate District 16, incumbent Ban Kieckhefer is facing a challenge from perennial candidate Gary Schmidt who has accused Kieckhefer of being a liberal Harry Reid Republican.
In addition, there is the Republican primary race to replace retiring Pete Livermore as the representative in Assembly District 40. Veteran law enforcement official P.K. O’Neil and longtime community activist and businessman Jed Block are vying for the right to face Democrat Dave Cook in the General Election.
But 485 on the first day of the two-week early voting period is significant when you consider that a total of just 1,356 voted early in the June 2012 primary.
Also predictably, the Republican turnout dwarfed the Democratic turnout on the first day of voting. A total of 294 GOP voters turned out compared to just 115 Democrats and 75 non-partisans. That isn’t a surprise since Republicans hold a 3,000 voter registration edge and they are more likely to be drawn to the polls by the GOP primaries for Assembly and Senate.
Early voting resumes Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the Carson City Courthouse. With the exception of Sunday, the elections department will be open to voters through June 6.
The primary election is scheduled for June 10 at the Community Center Gymnasium.