In Nevada’s second most-populated county, two seats on the five-person County Commission are up for grabs in races that will shape how Washoe County approaches planning and development decisions and navigates the fallout from a coronavirus pandemic that has devastated Nevada’s economy.
Nevada’s mail-in June primary was one of the highest-turnout primary elections in state history, with more than 490,000 ballots cast and voters in some parts of the state waiting upwards of eight hours for a chance to vote. Of those ballots, more than 10,000 could not be counted.
With roughly 19 weeks before the general election, the campaign for former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named three top-level staffers in Nevada on Thursday, expanding the campaign’s state-level operation as it looks to ramp up general election efforts in a handful of key battleground states.
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria recommended to the Clark County Commission on Friday that voters be sent mail-in ballots for November’s general election, just as they were in the June primary, but with more in-person options too.
The long delay in reporting was a result of Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s decision to hold a mostly all-mail election in an effort to mitigate potential spread of COVID-19, with limited in-person voting sites in each county. Most voters opted to use a mail-in ballot, with only around 7,800 people opting to cast their ballot in-person.
A Nevada coalition has launched a campaign to push a ballot question that would remove the Board of Regents from the state Constitution, which supporters argue is necessary to “modernize” oversight of higher education.
Democratic Rep. Susie Lee’s push for a change in the federal government’s pandemic loan requirements that ultimately benefited her husband’s company have given Republicans fresh ammunition — including an outside ethics complaint — as the race for District 3 begins.
The vast majority of votes in Nevada were cast through ballots that were either mailed in or dropped off at locations throughout the state, but the state reported on Thursday that several thousand Nevadans chose to vote in person. Those that did elect to fill out ballots on site were met with long lines at the state’s limited number of polling locations.
In the bitter Republican race for Congressional District 3, ex-wrestler and one-time legislative candidate Dan Rodimer has sealed his victory, while the crowded GOP race in District 4 saw former Assemblyman Jim Marchant declare victory close to a week after Election Day.
At least one legislator has lost their re-election bid, while several caucus-backed candidates remained locked in close contests as mail-in ballots continue to be counted in the wake of Tuesday's election.
Incumbents made strong showings in lively races for Reno City Council and Sparks City Council, while two big-name Democratic candidates separated themselves from the pack in Clark County Commission primaries. Here are some highlights.
Former professional wrestler “Big Dan” Rodimer and former Assemblyman Jim Marchant were leading in two closely watched and hotly contested Republican congressional primaries as of Wednesday morning, though the fate of neither race is sealed with results from the mostly-mail election scheduled to trickle in over the next week and a half.
Long lines formed at the few locations where people were allowed to vote in person on Election Day. Some did it because they had lost or damaged their ballot, and others because they still needed to register to vote — this is the first election where voters can register to vote and vote on the same day after lawmakers authorized the practice in 2019 through AB345.
Candidates for nonpartisan seats on the board of trustees for Washoe and Clark counties school districts have posted and shared inflammatory statements on social media, including a post that referred to protesters hit by cars as “fleshy speed bumps,” which have drawn praise and criticism from voters.