Nevada primary on Tuesday |

Nevada primary on Tuesday

Michael Schneider

An increase in sales tax? A change in constable or Lake Commissioner? Lake residents on the Douglas County side will have issues to ponder during Tuesday’s primary election.

The only item open to all registered voters is Advisory Question No. 1. Question No. 1 asks voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase.

If the question gets approval from a majority of the voters Tuesday, it will be forwarded to the State Legislature for their consideration.

According to Douglas District Attorney Scott Doyle, the question is not self-enacting, but allows the county to go to the Legislature next year and ask for the increase.

Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville, said he is 99.9 percent certain the question would be approved by the Legislature should it pass the county voters.

Republican voters will be able to cast a vote for primary candidates running for the U.S. Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, State Controller and State Treasurer.

Republican county voters will also be able to vote for County Commission District 4 candidates. Incumbent Don Miner and challengers Kirk Ledbetter and Robert Pruett will square off for the right to run against independent candidate Janet Murphy in November.

The Republican candidate with the most votes moves on to the general election in November.

Republican Tahoe Township voters will be able to cast a primary vote for the three Tahoe Township Constable candidates.

Constable Roger Hargis faces challenges from Wes Rice and “Wild” Bill Kerr, all Republicans. If any candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, he will be declared the winner. Should no candidate garner more than 50 percent of the primary vote, the top two vote-getters will move on to November’s general election.

Douglas residents living in precincts 35, 36, and 37 can cast their votes at the Tahoe Douglas Senior Center in Zephyr Cove. Those living in precinct 38 vote at the Tahoe Douglas Fire Station No. 1 at Round Hill.

The Douglas County Lake Administration building is the voting home for precinct 39 and 40 residents, while those living in precinct 41 can vote at the Tahoe Douglas Fire Station No. 3 on Kingsbury Grade.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., Sept. 1.

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