Voter interest is high in 2020 election

Voter interest is always high in Lyon County, where turnout percentages traditionally rank high in the state, especially during presidential years.

This year, voters are not about to be deterred by COVID-19 fears. Voters are turning in their absentee ballots at a record pace. According to the Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer’s office, a record 5,218 ballots have already been accepted as of Monday. The county sent out 8,207 absentee and mail ballots to Lyon County voters.

The previous record was set in 2018 with 3,047 absentee and mail ballots.

Whatever various national politicians have to say about the reliability of mail-in ballots, we have every confidence in the ability of the Lyon County election officials to keep things honest and to count our ballots accurately.

We will not know the final tally by Nov. 4. The state is allowing mail-in ballots that are postmarked as of Nov. 3 to be included, as long as it arrives at the courthouse by Nov. 10.

It will be frustrating to have to wait. Some elections probably won’t be called until the last ballots are in. But patience will be rewarded.


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