Polls open in Clark County as Election Day voting begins; delays ease in afternoon

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Voters wait in line as the polls open at the Desert Breeze Community Center. (Hector Mejia / 8NewsNow)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It’s Election Day, and the polls are open in Clark County and across Nevada as of 7 a.m.

Voting is beginning at vote centers across Clark County, and voting will continue until everyone who is in line by 7 p.m. has cast their ballot.

The Elections Division of the Nevada Secretary of State reports that not all 125 voting centers in Clark County have opened yet. “Several polling locations in the county are experiencing technical problems and have not yet opened. If you are waiting in line, please be patient.”

Early reports from around the valley indicated voters were waiting as technical problems caused delays:

  • Voters at John & Judy Goolsby Elementary in the west valley were told by workers that sites are down all over the city, with no machines working
  • Voters at Sun City McDonald Ranch report they have been in line since the polls open. “Not one computer is on line to allow voting. Is the whole city out?”
  • A time lapse video shows long lines at Desert Breeze Community Center.
  • More reports indicated long lines were forming at Jack Schofield Jr. High School. People said later that the machines were working and lines had practically vanished.

But this afternoon, it appears that lines have gotten much smaller outside polling places:

8NewsNow reporter Kate Houston found lines were running smoothly at Sun City Macdonald Ranch in Henderson and Goolsby Elementary School.

Lines were reportedly wrapped around Dooley Elementary School in Henderson near I-11 and Boulder Highway.

But reports of widespread delays had stopped by around noon — perhaps the best indicator that lines were moving and people were getting to the polls.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said the county is looking into reports of technical issues at the polling locations. A website set up to provide approximate wait times at polling locations is not working properly. Kulin said voter should look at turnout for early voting sites to get an idea where they might find shorter lines.

8NewsNow will monitor the situation and keep you up to date.

Most Clark County voters have already cast ballots through early voting, or by sending their ballot by mail. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, and voters have the option of taking their ballot to a vote center today.

Every vote center is also a ballot drop-off location, Clark County officials note.

People dropping off their mail ballot should not wait in line, officials said. Instead, go directly to the ballot drop box near the front of each polling place.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford tweeted on Tuesday that people should not be misled — today is the last day you can vote. Ford said he has heard that voters in other states have received misleading robocalls:

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