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Record Number Of Voters Cast Ballots In Nevada

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 9:08 am November 8th, 2012

CARSON CITY – More than one million voters cast ballots in the 2012 general election, an all-time record high turnout for Nevada, the Secretary of State’s office reported.

Of the 1,257,621 active registered voters, a total of 1,013,195 voters, or 80.56 percent, turned out during early voting and on Election Day. Both the number and percentage of voters exceed the 2008 general when 970,019 voters, or 80.27 percent of active registered voters, cast ballots.

Photo by Tom Arthur via Wikimedia Commons.

“I believe an election like this, with record turnout and minimal problems, creates great momentum for future civic participation,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “It’s been clear for some time that we were headed for a potentially record-breaking turnout. We’ve been preparing for this for quite a while, and I’m proud to see fellow Nevadans participating like this. It’s healthy for the process.”

On Election Day, several commonplace issues arose at the polls, but all were immediately addressed by poll workers and members of the multi-jurisdictional Election Integrity Task Force.

Final race results and a breakdown of voter turnout are posted on the Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting website at www.silverstateelection.com.

County and local races will be canvassed to their respective county commissions by November 15. Statewide races will be canvassed to the Nevada Supreme Court on November 27.

New Report Says Nevada in Top Ten for Improving Voter Turnout In 2010 General Election

By Sean Whaley | 3:03 pm April 15th, 2011

CARSON CITY – A new report from Nonprofit VOTE says Nevada’s voter turnout of 42.7 percent in the 2010 general election was up 5.6 percent compared to the 2006 turnout, putting Nevada in the top ten of the most improved states.

Nevada moved up from an overall ranking of 41st out of 51, including the District of Columbia, in 2006, to 29th in 2010. Nationwide, voter turnout stayed nearly the same, moving up just 0.3 percent from 2006 to 2010.

The report notes that Nevada had a “tight, high profile U.S. Senate race” in 2010. Secretary of State Ross Miller says the expansion of early voting also contributed to Nevada’s improved voter turnout.

“Early voting has become incredibly popular in Nevada and we should take advantage of every opportunity we can find to expand it even more,” Miller said after looking at the report. “I am also convinced that expanding the availability of online voter registration will result in more people turning out at the polls and I’m working hard to make that happen.”

Other findings from the report include:

• The rise in the Latino share of the electorate was most pronounced in the Western states. The percentage of the Nevada Latino vote rose from 12 percent in 2006 to 15 percent in 2010

• Voter turnout was 10 points higher in the nine states with Election Day voter registration.

• Maine had the highest voter turnout in 2010 at 56.2 percent and, of the 50 states, Texas had the lowest turnout at 32.9 percent.