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Washoe County special election turnout 32.55 percent



Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk issued the unofficial final results of the 2011 special election at 10:20 p.m. yesterday, citing a 32.55 percent voter turnout.

“We are very pleased with how the election process went today,” Washoe County Registrar Dan Burk stated after the results were released. He noted that there were no major problems with the 69 polling locations throughout the county that significantly affected operations.

Burk also noted that the new voter check-in process contributed to yesterday’s success at the polling locations. “We consolidated many of the individual poll worker functions at the polling places, which helped us streamline the process for the voter as well as reduce the number of poll workers needed,” Burk said. There were 450 poll workers scheduled for the election compared with the nearly 650 poll workers in the 2010 general election.

“We appreciate the hard work and long day that every one of our poll workers put in today and throughout the early voting process,” Burk said.

The 2011 special election is projected to cost $279,000, which is 30 percent less than the 2010 primary election. Burk implemented cost-effective administrative changes, including reduction of election day polling places from 95 to 69 and printing the sample ballots in-house.

Burk noted that 37,393 (17.55 perent) of the total voters eligible to vote did so during the early voting period and there were 70,100 voters (32.55 percent) overall.

“The voters should be congratulated for using every opportunity they have to vote whether it is by absentee ballot, early voting or on the traditional election day,” Burk added.

The unofficial final results are scheduled to be canvassed by the Washoe County Commission at its meeting on Sept. 20. Results are posted on the county’s website at www.washoecounty.us.

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