Eyebrow-raising turnout figures this election cycle began before the Aug. 4 primary, and they never slacked.
Hours before voting ended at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Clark County Elections Office reported 259,562 total returned ballots, putting turnout for Tuesday’s general election at 80.13 percent so far. Those numbers will grow in the coming days as ballots postmarked by Tuesday trickle into the elections office.
Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey had predicted a historic 90-percent turnout in this election, a belief that began months ago as his office received primary election ballots. Out of 304,550 Clark County residents registered to vote in the primary election, 50.76 percent submitted ballots.
In the five presidential election years prior, when attention to politics typically reaches its peak, turnout for the late-summer primaries never hit 38 percent. The lowest turnout, 30.62 percent, came in the most recent presidential election cycle in 2016.
“The level of interest and attention once we mailed out ballots was very high,” Kimsey said of the primaries.