(Michael McGrady) – Election authorities across Nevada report high voter turnout so far for the upcoming general election on November 3.
The large draw of voters includes a hefty bipartisan crowd taking advantage of mail-in voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s Office reports that 157,927 voters have already returned their ballots as of Thursday morning.
State data shows that 55,362 ballots are from registered Democrats, 72,221 ballots are from Republicans, and 30,334 ballots from unaffiliated or third party voters.
According to the Clark County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, turnout in the Las Vegas Valley area is much higher than what the state reports. For the first week of early voting in Clark County, 140,501 people have voted.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 4 (AB 4) during a special session, which enabled mail-in voting across the state.
Under AB 4, every active registered voter in Nevada will get a mail-in ballot for the general election.
The Trump administration sued Gov. Sisolak and the state legislature for the passage of AB 4. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit.