MARK AMODEI WINS NEVADA special election; no problems reported in Washoe | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com
9:26 PM, Sep. 13, 2011
Associated Press has called the Nevada CD2 race for Mark Amodei. / Andy Barron/RGJ
9:24 p.m. update: While the night was still young, the special election for the open seat for Nevada’s northern U.S. House district was proceeding in an orderly fashion in Washoe County, where more than half of district’s 396,000 registered voters live.
No problems at the polls were reported, according to election officials. And the count began with the usual routines of deputies bringing in electronic ballot cards from Incline Village and Wadsworth for the count at the Washoe Voter Registrar Dan Burk’s office.
A few observers were alarmed when the computers were rebooted after the early-voting results were entered, but Burk said that is standard procedure and not sign of a malfunction.
He said the computers will be rebooted again once the live vote on Tuesday is counted, before the count of mailed-ballots begins. That’s to make sure the machines are totally cleared, he said.
This is the 20th election Burk has overseen for Washoe County and the ninth using Sequoia voting machines.
Brief power outages caused by storms resulted in backup batteries kicking in on voting machines in the Nye County communities of Amargosa Valley and Beatty, but no one lost their opportunity to vote, Nevada secretary of state’s office spokesman Bob Walsh said.
A steady stream of voters at the Wilbur D. May Center in northwest Reno kept precinct chairwoman Paula Valentin and her staff busy before the polls closed.
DeJon Kubik arrived to vote at the museum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in his usual style.
He wore a 100-year-old beaver top hat saying “Vote in 2012.” On his blue coat, he wore a sparkling blue Nevada pin that Republican former Gov. Paul Laxalt had given his grandmother. And he wore an American flag tie.
For years, he has preached the same message on Election Day: “If you don’t vote, please do not come and complain to me what went wrong.”
Kubik patiently removed from a scooter from his car and assembled it for his 81-year-old mother so she could roll inside and vote, too.
“We have to get more people out voting,” said Betty Knollhoff, his mother, who has cast ballots for more than 60 years.