More than 136,000 vote early

Turnout for the Nov. 4 election continues to be heavy during the early voting period, especially among Democrats, with more than 136,000 votes tallied in Clark County over the first six days.

When the polls closed Thursday, about 77,000 Democrats and about 37,000 Republicans had voted in Clark County, according to the Election Department. The remainder of the votes belonged to nonpartisans or members of minor parties.

In Washoe County, nearly 36,000 votes had been tallied through Thursday, including 18,600 Democrats and 11,400 Republicans, according to the county registrar.

In the two urban counties combined, Democrats were 56 percent of the total voters to date, Republicans 28 percent.

The statistics reflect the parties with which voters are registered, not necessarily who is winning the election. Actual voting results will be disclosed after the polls close on Election Day.

Statewide, nearly 206,000 people had voted through Thursday, a turnout of 17 percent, according to the secretary of state’s office. Partisan statistics were not available for the state’s 15 rural counties, home to about 15 percent of the state’s electorate.

Early voting began Oct. 18 and continues through Oct. 31. Hours and locations vary and can be found on the sample ballots registered voters should have received in the mail.

The secretary of state’s office released the final tally of voters registered for the general election Friday. Including both active and inactive voters, there were 1.45 million people eligible to vote in Nevada, including 625,000 Democrats and 513,000 Republicans.

The number of voters was up 26 percent since the 2004 election. Secretary of State Ross Miller said he saw it as evidence of intense voter interest in the election and expected record turnout by the time all votes are tallied.

Contact reporter Molly Ball at or 702-387-2919.

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