WASHINGTON (AP) — Watched vote tally for Nevada Senate election It could spill over the weekend — as it has done before, and reminded everyone that the authorities will do so this time as well.
In fact, election officials in Clark County (home to Las Vegas) and Washoe County (home to Reno), the state’s most populous counties, warned ahead of time that it would take days to process all the ballots again this year.
Here’s where things stand late Friday, under Congress’ control You still have a balance:
what we know
— With more than 90% of the votes counted, Republican former state attorney general Adam Laksalt barely leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by about a quarter of a percentage point in the Senate election. was
— tens of thousands of votes Most come from urban areas of the state, as Las Vegas and Reno counts said.
— All Nevada voters are issued a vote-by-mail ballot, but Saturday is the last day state law allows officials to receive their vote-by-mail ballots.
— Voters must “cure” their vote-by-mail ballots by the end of Monday, that is, to resolve clerical issues so they can be added to the final tally. In Clark County, where her three-quarters of the state’s population lives, he had 9,600 votes cast during the “treatment” phase on Friday.
— Nevada didn’t convene in the 2020 presidential election until the Saturday after Election Day — the same day Pennsylvania (and thus the presidency) convened for Joe Biden.
— Senate Contest between Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Mast and Republican former state attorney general Adam Laxalt.
Laxalt and Cortez Masto have been embroiled in a bitter rivalry for weeks, both of which have lashed out at national party issues: Laxalt blames inflation and illegal immigration on Democrat policies, while Cortez Masto blames the Republican-led We will fight to thwart a nationwide abortion ban and seek permanent residency for immigrants who came to our country as children.
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–Fierce gubernatorial election Democratic incumbent Steve Sisolak and Republican Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo went to the challenger, and the Associated Press nominated Lombardo late Friday.
In recent weeks, the airwaves and internet have been flooded with advertisements sponsored by candidates, their parties and political action committees, intended to amplify their differences. Both contenders were predicted to win, but the results of the race remained unknown for several days.
— AP called three House elections after more votes were posted Friday night Democratic incumbents faced tough challenges. In two swing districts that stretch from Las Vegas through the suburbs into rural areas, second-term Rep. Susie Lee fended off Republican April Becker and third-term Rep. Stephen Horsford defeated Republican Samuel Peters. I was.
After Democratic strategists sacrificed some turf in exchange for gains elsewhere as a result of redistricting, Rep. I was sitting in a hot seat at the stronghold. She survived against retired Army Colonel Mark Robertson, who was trying to become the first Republican since 1998 to win a seat in the First District.
The victory weakened the chances of the Democrats sticking to control of the House, but the Republicans were only about to overthrow the House.
In recent elections, several things have delayed the counting of votes in Nevada.
For one, Nevada significantly expanded absentee ballots in 2020, sending ballots to all registered voters. The state has passed legislation to do so in future elections as well.
That year, nearly 15% of Nevada’s votes were not reported until election night, and it took the state three days to report 100% of the votes.
Second, Nevada has traditionally opted for early voting, but has had problems with long voter lines at the close of polls. States do not release vote counts until all voters in line at the end of the poll have voted.
State law says ballots postmarked on Election Day can be picked up by Saturday, and officials must finish counting and submit reports to the Nevada office secretary by Thursday.
This year, poll officials in the two most populous counties, including the Las Vegas and Reno population centers, warned that backlogged ballots could take days to process.
The state has no mandatory recount laws.
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