Long Lines at Few Polling Spots Clog Nevada Primary Voting

By KEN RITTER and SAM METZ, Associated Press


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.


People who did not mail in their choices were still casting ballots Wednesday in a primary to settle U.S. House races, legislative primaries and other state and local races. State election officials promised that everyone in line when polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday would be allowed to vote, and predicted long delays counting ballots as a result.


The Republican secretary of state's office responded to criticism from a Democratic Party leader about long lines and limited in-person polling places with a statement saying Nevada voters had “ample opportunity ... to cast a ballot in the 2020 Nevada primary election."


Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley said that ballots were mailed to “every registered voter in Clark County," voters had 14 days of early voting.

The top-ticket races featured contests for Nevada’s four U.S. House seats, but the incumbents — three Democrats and a Republican — were expected to easily overcome primary challenges.


Two closely watched races were Republican primaries for Nevada’s 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts held by Democrats Rep. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford, respectively.


Republicans had six candidates in the 3rd District, including former professional wrestler Dan Rodimer and former state Treasurer Dan Schwartz.


In the 4th District, eight Republicans entered the race, including former state lawmaker Jim Marchant and business owner and former Miss Nevada Lisa Song Sutton.


In northern Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei was expected to easily fend off two challengers to his 2nd District seat while seven Democrats sought to challenge him.


In Nevada’s 1st District incumbent Democrat Dina Titus was expected to fend off two poorly funded challengers while four Republicans were seeking her seat.


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