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In-person voting vastly expanded in Nevada from primary for general election

Election 2020 Ballot Harvesting
Posted at 7:07 AM, Sep 03, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In politically charged times just 61 days from the 2020 general election, the Clark County Election Department said they plan to greatly expand in-person voting locations in the Las Vegas area compared to the June primary election.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said there would be 35 early polling locations available to voters for 14 days, compared to one in the primary, and 125 polling locations open on Nov. 3, compared to just three in the primary.

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"The number of the general public who have indicated they would like to work has increased tremendously," Gloria said, "we're confident that we will be able to staff the early voting sites and Election Day."

Gloria warned that people may still need to wait to cast a ballot if they decide to fill it out in person.

"It's the longest ballot we've ever seen," he said.

There will be more than 70 contests on the ballot for voters to consider.

Gloria said people should plan ahead and know who they want to vote for, vote early, or take advantage of the mail-in ballots that will be sent to every registered voter in Nevada.

"We want you to take advantage of that mail-in ballot," he said, "especially if you're nervous getting into large groups as a result of the pandemic."

Gloria said three mailers would be sent to each voter including a sample ballot, an information packet, and the real ballot packet.

He said voters should follow directions carefully because security procedures, like signing the ballot and the envelope, could result in the ballot being rejected.

Election 2020 Ballot Harvesting
FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. As President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenged Nevada's new voting law in court, the president and Republicans argued the rules would facilitate fraud and illegal voting. Chief among their volley of criticism was the law's provision allowing “ballot harvesting." The Nevada lawsuit highlighted a practice that has long fueled Republicans' suspicions about the dangers of mail-in voting. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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"If you follow the instructions and sign your ballot and send it in or drop it off by Nov. 3, we will be fine and it will be counted."

Every polling location will accept drop off ballots if a voter prefers to fill out their ballot early and drop it off in person.

Gloria said the ballots would go out at least 20 days before the general election.

Voters who still need to update their address to ensure they receive a ballot in the mail should visit the Nevada Secretary of State website, and anyone who needs to register to vote can do so through the state's online registration portal.