Nevada vote now official after election canvass |

Nevada vote now official after election canvass

Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court pose with Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in the old Supreme Court room at the Capitol after canvassing the General Election vote, making the results official on Tuesday.
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The Nevada results of the General Election are now official following Tuesday’s canvass of the vote.

That process is conducted following each election when the Secretary of State presents the abstracts of the vote to the justices of the Nevada Supreme Court. Chief Justice Ron Parraguirre was joined by Justices Michael Cherry, Michael Douglas, Mark Gibbons, and Jim Hardesty in certifying the results of the election.

In addition to the presidential, senatorial and other races, those abstracts return both Parraguirre and Hardesty to another six-year term on the bench. They will be sworn in Jan. 2. Cherry will take the chief justice’s position Jan. 3.

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske told the justices attending Tuesday while the 2016 turnout was lower than in 2012, it was still significantly higher than the national turnout. Some 76.7 percent of Nevada’s active voters went to the polls this year compared to 80.8 percent four years ago.

Nationally, turnout was just 58.4 percent, about the same as four years ago.

Two of Nevada’s counties had a turnout of better than 90 percent this cycle. Carson City reported 91.8 percent turnout of active voters while Douglas County had 93.9 percent.

Washoe County turned out 79.4 percent while populous Clark County reported 75.2 percent.

The lowest turnout in the state was in Mineral County where just 68 percent of those registered voted.

Nearly two-thirds of those who voted did so during early voting. When combined with the absentee votes, just under 70 percent of voters did so before election day.

Cegavske told the justices Hillary Clinton won in Nevada, making this only the third time Nevadans have chosen the presidential candidate who ended up losing nationally. The previous two were in 1976 and 1908.

She said essentially Nevada was one of the few states that went blue in the General election, also electing Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto to the U.S. Senate and Jackie Rosen to the House as well as returning the party to majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly.

Justice Kris Pickering was absent Tuesday and Judge Lidia Stiglich of Reno has yet to be sworn in as the court’s seventh member.