District 2 special election: Nearly 6,000 turnout for early voting

Heading into the last day of early voting on Friday, 5,865 people cast their ballots in the Congressional District 2 special election.

Carson City Clerk/Recorder Allen Glover said the turnout this week has slowed down considerably compared to the more than 2,500 voters who voted during the first three days of voting.

"It has been a little disappointing this week," Glover said, noting that Douglas and Elko counties both have experienced a drop in voters. "(However), today has been steady."

Republican Mark Amodei is facing off against Democrat Kate Marshall for the seat.

More than 56,500 people had voted in the election as of Wednesday. Most of the voters are registered as Republican.

Turnout is expected to stay under 35 percent. There are nearly 400,000 voters in the district. In Carson City, Glover hoped to get the turnout near 50 percent. There are 21,473 registered voters in the district.

"For an off-year election, 50 percent isn't all that bad," he said.

The winner will serve through 2012 and replace Republican Dean Heller in the House.

Heller was appointed to the Senate in May to replace Republican John Ensign. Ensign resigned over a sex scandal involving his friend's wife.

Regular voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Glover said if voters bring their sample ballots, they should be able to vote in under a minute.


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