ELKO – Long lines at polling places, including the Elko Convention Center, delayed the release of voting results Tuesday night in Nevada.
The final vote wasn’t cast until nearly 10 p.m., three hours after polls were slated to close.
Deputy Nevada Secretary of State Wayne Thorley said lines were longest in Washoe County, where voting ended at just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at an unspecified polling place.
Voting ended about 30 minutes earlier in Lyon and Clark counties, where people who arrived in line before 7 p.m. at polling places at malls and schools were allowed to remain in line to vote. Others were turned away.
The last few voters were casting their ballots in Elko at about 7:40 p.m.
The Nevada Secretary of State’s office would not release any results until the last person voted. As of 10:30 p.m. only three rural counties had their votes fully posted on the secretary’s website.
Voting was heavy prior to Election Day, as well.
Polls were open for early voting Oct. 20-Nov. 2, with a total of 6,084 Republicans and 1,522 Democrats casting votes in Elko County, according to the Nevada Secretary of State.
Another 1,842 people voted without party affiliation, along with 744 mailing precinct ballots and 854 absentee ballots.
Sixty-four percent of Elko County voters identified as Republican and 16 percent Democrat. Almost 20 percent did not identify with a party.
Of the 24,338 active voters in Elko County, turnout results indicate that almost 39 percent voted early, according to the SOS.
Along with key statewide races, Elko County voters will elect a sheriff — either incumbent Jim Pitts or challenger Aitor Narvaiza — and a justice of the peace, incumbent Mason Edward Simons or challenger Antoinette Chiesa.
City voters will appoint two council members from among four candidates — Bill Hance, Tony Liker, Ro Smith and Chip Stone — and a new Elko mayor in the race between businessman and councilman Reece Keener or healthcare professional Marcey Logsden.
Local voters will also select representatives to the Elko County School District Board of Trustees.