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Nevada voters turnout in early afternoon


Phillip Webb, left, helps his wife, Marian Webb, cast her vote at Truckee Meadows Fire Station in Sparks, Nevada. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Update:

Voter turnout figures for the swing state of Nevada shows an early-afternoon uptick in ballots cast for the Nov. 6 election day.

Earlier figures suggested the Nov. 6 turnout was a little lower than expected. In Nevada, most people vote during the state's popular two-week early voting period.

But as of 3:30 pm local time in Nevada, the state had tallied 180,000 votes for Tuesday in the sparsely populated state.

With another 700,000 votes cast during early-voting days and polls open until 7 pm, the state may arrive at a final tally of one million votes as expected, said David Damore, a political scientist at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who studies elections.

Eight hours into election day, officials in the swing state of Nevada reported several isolated problems with voting machines or other irregularities.

In two cases, machines were taken out of service, officials said, because of apparent malfunctions. One voter reported not getting a ballot, and another voter reported a frozen screen, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office.

In addition, one voter reported a touchscreen that did not reflect the proper choice, and a poll worker helped that voter correct the problem.

Other problems included a campaign sign posted too close to a polling place entrance, and a voter upset about a cancelled registration that was ultimately deemed appropriate. 

"Compared to what could go wrong, these are relatively minor issues," said Catherine Lu, spokeswoman for the secretary of state. As soon as problems were identified, she said, they were corrected. Polling places have had plenty of voting machines for those who have come to cast ballots, she said.

Both voters were able to cast their ballots.

Earlier post:

About 100,000 Nevada voters cast their ballots during the first half of Election Day in the widely watched swing state, according to state figures.

The number is relatively small because more than 700,000 Nevadans -- 70 percent of expected voters -- weighed in at the ballot box during the two-week early voting period. State figures have shown that the party affiliation of those who early-voted heavily favored Democrats. A breakdown of actual votes will come this evening.

"It seems slow, from what we would expect, given all of the effort that has been put into the state," said David Damore, associate professor of political science at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who studies elections.

Damore said that if Nevada is to come close to the 1 million mark for total votes cast in the 2012 election, "we'd have to have a big push in the late afternoon or early evening." Polls in Nevada close at 7 p.m. local time, three hours after polls close on the East Coast.

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