The Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th from 9:00am to 5:00pm for Early Voting. However, early voting on that day only be reduced to one location—the Registrar of Voters Office located at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno.
The Special Election is necessary due to Governor Sandoval’s appointment of U.S. Congressman Dean Heller to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated upon the resignation of Senator John Ensign. This resulted in a vacancy in the Second Congressional District seat to be filled for the remainder of the current term (i.e. until the 2012 General Election). Both the U.S. Constitution and Nevada law require a Congressional vacancy to be filled through a special election if necessary. Consequently, Governor Sandoval established Tuesday, September 13, 2011, as the date for a Special Election to fill the vacancy in the Nevada Second Congressional seat.
“Early Voting started on Saturday, August 27th. In Washoe County 3,189 voters went to the polls on Saturday,” explains Registrar of Voter Dan Burk. “Although Labor Day is a federal holiday, there will be five Washoe County employees, plus five poll workers working, as Washoe County is committed to making early voting as convenient as possible and to ensure voters cast their votes.”
For more information about the Special Election, please visit: www.washoecounty.us/voters or call: 328-3670.