After four days of early voting, nearly one-fifth of Nevada's 1.2 million active Nevada voters had already cast ballots in advance of the Nov. 6 election day.
Figures released Wednesday by the secretary of state's office show 214,609 people had voted through Tuesday, either in person or by mail, since early voting began Saturday. Of those, ballots received from Democrats total 99,415, compared with 79,697 cast by Republicans. The remaining ballots are nonpartisans or voters registered with minor political parties.
The roughly 173,000 people who have voted in person are nearly 43,000 more than those who voted during the same period in the 2008 presidential election.
Through Tuesday, 4,284 Carsonites had voted early. Registered Republicans had voted 2,066 times, while Democrats had voted 1,506 times. More than 700 nonpartisan voters had turned in ballots. Carson has 25,747 active registered voters.
Early voting turnout, seen as a key factor in deciding the presidential and U.S. Senate contests in battleground Nevada, runs through Nov. 2. The polls at the Carson City Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday. After Nov. 2, voters will have to cast ballots at their designated polling locations on Nov. 6.
The strong turnout of voters so far could result in an overall turnout higher than the 80 percent figure four years ago. The early and mail-in votes are expected to account for two-thirds of all ballots cast, with the remaining on-third being cast on Nov. 6.