Kevin MacMillan

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January 3, 2013
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In the 2012 election, Incline went for Romney

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - More than three-quarters of registered voters in Incline Village/Crystal Bay cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election, and the majority of them voted for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to final precinct-by-precinct numbers from Washoe County.

Roughly 55 percent of the 5,575 ballots cast were for the former Massachusetts governor who lost to President Barack Obama, who was re-elected to a second term. In Incline Village, roughly 42.6 percent of the votes were for Obama.

The numbers, released in late 2012 by Washoe County, represent Incline's traditional GOP-leaning registered voter base. According to previous reports, of the 7,270 people registered to vote in the 2012 election in the Incline/Crystal Bay area, 3,189 (about 44 percent) did so as Republicans, compared to 2,140 (about 30 percent) as Democrats and 1,386 (about 19 percent) with no party affiliation - numbers that have reflected previous modern presidential election years.

Nationally, Obama surpassed Romney in the electoral vote, 332-206, although the popular vote was much closer, at roughly 51 percent to 47.2 percent.

While Incline leaned right this year, that was not the case four years ago, when just more than 50 percent of the local ballots cast were for Obama, compared to about 47.8 percent for his 2008 Republican challenger, Arizona Sen. John McCain, whom Obama crushed in a historic runaway election.

In all, the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area (which stretches from Crystal Bay from the west almost to Spooner Summit to the east) comprises 12 voting precincts within Washoe County, although three of them where only a handful of homes reside include just 14 total registered voters among them.

Because those precincts are so small, voting numbers within them - in all, 12 votes were cast - aren't added into the overall voting total for the presidential race. As for the other nine local precincts, Romney carried all but one.

Overall voting totals for Incline were similar to the 2008 presidential election, according to the numbers. In 2012, roughly 76.6 percent of registered voters here cast a ballot, compared to 74.6 percent in 2008. Further, the 5,575 ballots cast in 2012 were just 10 more than four years ago.

A big difference from 2008, however, was the number of residents who voted early. This election season, roughly 54.7 percent of Incline Village voted early, compared to about 38 percent four years ago. Roughly 21.3 percent of Incline votes tallied this year were from absentee ballots, while 24 percent of residents turned out to the polls on Election Day.

Locally and regionally, as 2013 gets under way, a slew of new boards of directors and trustees will begin meeting for the first time in a public forum, most notably on Wednesday, Jan. 9, when the new Incline Village General Improvement District board meets.

In November, Incline residents voted in Jim Smith, Jim Hammerel and Bill Devine, who join Bruce Simonian and Joe Wolfe. The board meets at 3 p.m. at the IVGID offices at 893 Southwood Blvd.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 3, 2013 04:31PM Published Jan 3, 2013 04:30PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.