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Douglas boasts 92 percent turnout

William Ferchland

The presidential race and three options of voting in Douglas County combined to boost voter turnout to a eye-popping 92 percent of the county’s 26,032 registered voters.

Concha Lord, senior deputy clerk with Douglas County Elections Department, said turnout is typically high for presidential elections at 88 percent of the electorate.

“Impressive, wasn’t it?” Lord said.

A majority of voters preferred to vote at precincts while more than 8,500 voters cast ballots during the two weeks of early voting before Nov. 2.

More than 3,000 people voted by absentee ballot.

The precinct at the Round Hill station of Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District reported more than two-thirds of its electorate voted two hours before Nevada polls closed.

At least eight people at the polling place inside Douglas County Senior Center were limited to voting on the presidential race by signing domicile sheets. The sheets allowed registered voters who did not show up on logs to give an oath they were part of the electorate.

Zephyr Cove resident Lois Furno’s daughter, who graduated from Whittell High School last spring, had to undergo the domicile oath to vote in the presidential election after a mishap with her registration form.

Furno said her daughter, Elise Ehrle, tried to vote via absentee ballot but discovered the county didn’t have her listed as a registered voter.

Following a series of frantic phone calls, arrangements were made for Ehrle to vote at the county clerk’s office in Minden on Saturday. The University of Nevada, Reno student also completed a registration form at the office.

“But she wanted to participate in the entire process,” Furno said. “I kept at it for days. It took the entire week to get it straightened out.”

– E-mail William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com


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