Early Voting Numbers Low In Clark County

Oct 18, 2013

Early voting numbers in Clark County for the November 5 general election have been low so far. With no hot button issues like casino approvals or collective bargaining limits, this year's election isn't likely to drive many people to the polls.

Clark County's ballot does include school levies, tax issues and municipal races, but Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac says voters shouldn't overlook local races and levies.

"I think generally people don't understand the importance of electing our local leaders and voting on these issues because often times they affect our bottom line just as much if not more than some of the policyholders at the federal and state levels," he explained.

Tlachac adds that early voting numbers are down in Clark County, and that's a voting trend which matches previous odd-year election cycles.

He says, "I would say by and large our turnout will be very similar to what we've experienced in other odd years around 45 percent or so. Right now it seems like our in person absentee and our mail out absentee seems to be a little lower than this point several years ago."
 
Clark County has 87,000 registered voters and Tlachac says it's likely that more people will vote as campaigns heat up.