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Early voting in primary election begins Saturday

Early voting in Southern Nevada starts Saturday in advance of the June 14 primaries, giving registered voters a chance to weigh in on which candidates should make it onto the November ballot.

Early voting lasts through June 10 and is available at 92 voting sites throughout Clark County. A schedule of early voting times and locations is on the sample ballots that voters receive and available at the county Election Department website: www.clarkcountynv.gov/vote

It’s a high-stakes election cycle this year. Nevadans will pick a successor for the open U.S. Senate seat of outgoing Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and fill the open 3rd Congressional District seat of U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., who is running for Reid’s seat. Remember: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won’t be on the primary ballot this year because those choices were made during the February caucuses.

County officials say more people have voted before Election Day in every election since 2000 and officials expect that upward trend to continue.

“Early voting gives voters the flexibility to cast their ballots when and where it is convenient for them,” Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said in a statement. “Voting is how you make your voice heard in our democracy. Don’t lose your voice, vote.”

Voters who don’t cast ballots during early voting can do so on June 14.

Voters can submit a request to the County Election Department for a mail/absentee ballot by 5 p.m. June 7. The request forms are at the Election Department offices and on the department’s website. Voters will get their sample ballots by mail or email by the end of this week, the county said.

Only registered voters can cast ballots in the primaries. To see if you’re registered to vote, check your registration status by entering your name and date of birth in the “registered voter services” box on the Election Department website.

If the Internet isn’t your thing, that’s OK. Just call the Election Department at 702-455-8683.

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