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KUNR 2022 Election Blog: Nevada Supreme Court certifies official election results

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Editor’s note: As of Nov. 22, 2022, this blog will no longer be updated. For related articles, please visit our 2022 election webpage.

Nevada’s general election was Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

This live blog is a space for Nevada-based updates throughout Election Day from KUNR reporters on the ground in Northern Nevada, as well as results as they become available.

As seen during the 2020 general election, final results may not be available for some races on election night, and results can continue to change over the coming days as mail-in ballots are received. This blog will continue to be updated after Election Day.

Browse resources from the KUNR newsroom, NPR and around the state below:

    Vea las noticias más recientes de KUNR y recursos en español.

    Nevada Supreme Court certifies official election results

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 | Republished at 4:40 p.m. PT
    By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Supreme Court justices and the secretary of state formally certified the results of the 2022 general election on Tuesday in the western battleground state where just over half of all ballots were cast by mail.

    With no debate or questions, the six justices signed the formal abstracts of the results during a brief gathering with outgoing Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, held in the old Supreme Court chambers of the state Capitol in Carson City.

    It marked an anticlimactic ending to a spirited election that included a state Supreme Court legal battle over an attempted hand count of ballots in one rural county and unsubstantiated claims about fraud tied to mail-in ballots in several others.

    Cegavske noted Tuesday that only seven of the county clerks and/or top election officials in the 17 counties would be continuing in those positions in 2023 after the others announced either their retirements or resignations.

    Overall turnout was 55%, or 1,023,617 of Nevada’s 1.8 million active registered voters, Cegavske said. She said 51% of the ballots were cast by mail and 49% in-person during either early voting (28%) or on Election Day (21%).

    Click here to view the full AP News update on Nevada’s formal certification of the 2022 general election results.

    Washoe County Commissioners vote to certify county’s election results

    Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 | 2:20 p.m. PT
    By Jose Davila IV

    During a meeting on Friday, the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to certify the county’s 2022 election results and send the report from Jamie Rodriguez, interim registrar of voters, to the Nevada Secretary of State.

    Commissioner Jeanne Herman was the only one to oppose certification despite winning her campaign to keep her seat on the board. She said there were aspects of the ballot counting process that she was concerned about but did not offer details.

    The commissioners voted after a lengthy public comment session featuring citizens in support and opposition of the certification, and they also received a presentation from Rodriguez on her report.

    Friday is the last day for Nevada counties to canvass their results.

    Jose Davila IV is a corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

    Incumbent Sparks mayor and two incumbent council members will keep their seats

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 | 10:52 a.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    This is the first time Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson and Ward 2 council member Dian VanderWell, which represents northwestern Sparks, have run for election. They were both sworn in two years ago after Mayor Ron Smith died.

    Incumbent Charlene Bybee of Ward 4, which zigzags through northeastern Sparks, will serve a third and final term. Her top priority is to maintain the “small-town feel of Sparks.”

    All three incumbents are in support of the Truckee Meadows Public Land Management Act, which would allow federal lands to be developed in an effort to address housing needs; it could also designate some areas for conservation. But there are concerns about water sustainability.

    Lawson has also called for building denser housing and wants to see more residential development and tourism along the Truckee River.

    The five-person council is the policymaker for the city. The mayor doesn’t vote, but can provide input and has the ability to veto.

    View the extended story by KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck on the Sparks City Council and mayoral races here.

    Nevada counties approving voting results; no snags reported

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 | Republished at 10:52 a.m. PT
    By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elected officials in several Nevada counties have reviewed and signed off on results of the Nov. 8 vote, in preparation for sending final tallies to the state’s top election official for certification.

    Storey County commissioners on Tuesday became the first to canvass, or review, the results and finalize the 2,575 votes cast in their rural jurisdiction east of Reno. About 72.5% of active voters in Storey County cast ballots, well above the statewide turnout total of 54.7%, according to Nevada Secretary of State data.

    In all, more than 1 million people statewide cast ballots in advance, by mail or in person.

    Commissioners in the rural counties of Pershing, Lander, Mineral and Churchill took unanimous action Wednesday to accept the results of a combined 15,797 votes.

    Learn more about canvassing efforts throughout Nevada at APNews.com.

    First-time candidate Ebert narrowly defeats incumbent Weber for Reno City Council Ward 4

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 | 10:52 a.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    First-time candidate Meghan Ebert defeated incumbent Bonnie Weber in the race for Reno City Council Ward 4, which covers North Valleys, by less than 200 votes, according to preliminary results. Ebert has called for better traffic infrastructure, grocery stores, and other amenities to keep up with growth in the area.

    In Ward 2, which represents South Reno, incumbent Naomi Duerr will serve a third and final term, beating the owner of Doughboys Donuts, Jay Kenny. Duerr has touted her efforts in spearheading the construction of an aquatics facility and starting a program to plant more trees in the city.

    Incumbent Mayor Hillary Schieve will also serve a third and final term, beating vocal critic Eddie Lorton. She has been criticized for applauding the razing of motels as the region experiences a housing shortage. Her top priorities include addressing mental health, diversifying the economy, and community policing.

    Reno City Council makes policy decisions, sets priorities, and approves the budget for the city.

    View the extended story by KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck on the Reno City Council and mayoral races here.

    Recap of AP race calls in Nevada over holiday weekend

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 | 3:21 p.m. PT
    By KUNR Staff

    Several federal, state and legislative races in Nevada, as well as ballot initiatives, were called by the Associated Press over the Veterans Day holiday weekend. View the results for the following races as of 3:21 p.m. PT.

    Races called Friday:

    • U.S. House, Nev. 1st congressional district: Dina Titus (Incumbent, D)
    • U.S. House, Nev. 3rd congressional district: Susie Lee (Incumbent, D)
    • U.S. House, Nev. 4th congressional district: Steven Horsford (Incumbent, D)
    • Governor: Joe Lombardo (R)
    • Lieutenant Governor: Stavros Anthony (R)
    • Attorney General: Aaron Ford (Incumbent, D)
    • Controller: Andy Matthews (R)
    • State assembly, district 1: Daniele Monroe-Moreno (Incumbent, D)

    Races called Saturday:

    • U.S. Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto (Incumbent, D)
    • Secretary of State: Francisco Aguilar (D)
    • State assembly, district 2: Heidi Kasama (Incumbent, R)
    • State assembly, district 3: Selena Torres (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 5: Brittney Miller (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 8: Duy Nguyen (D)
    • State assembly, district 9: Steve Yeager (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 16: Cecelia Gonzalez (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 21: Elaine Marzola (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 29: Lesley Cohen (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 34: Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 37: Shea Backus (D)
    • State assembly, district 41: Sandra Jauregui (Incumbent, D)
    • State senate, district 9: Melanie Scheible (Incumbent, D)
    • State senate, district 12: Julie Pazina (D)
    • State senate, district 21: James Ohrenschall (Incumbent, D)

    Races called Sunday:

    • Treasurer: Zach Conine (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 25: Selena La Rue Hatch (D)
    • State assembly, district 27: Angela Taylor (D)
    • State assembly, district 30: Natha Anderson (Incumbent, D)

    Race results are still pending in Nevada’s assembly districts 12 and 35, as well as the state’s senate district 8.

    The Associated Press also called the following ballot measures on Friday and Saturday, respectively:

    • Ballot question 2, raise minimum wage to $12 ballot issue: “Yes”
    • Ballot question 3, top-5 primary, ranked-choice general election ballot issue: “Yes”

    To view results for federal, state and legislative races in Nevada, as well as ballot initiatives, view KUNR’s results pages:

    Two newcomers, one incumbent elected to Washoe County Commission

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 | 1:45 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Two new faces will join an incumbent on the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners, according to preliminary results. The five-person board is the county’s policymaker, governing departments like housing and homeless services and the registrar of voters.

    District 2 represents South Reno to Washoe Valley. Washoe County assessor and Republican Mike Clark’s top priorities are cleaning up the Truckee River and ensuring money “isn’t wasted” by the county.

    District 5 represents the northern part of the county. Republican Incumbent Jeanne Herman will serve a third and final term. She made headlines earlier this year for proposing hand-counting paper ballots and placing law enforcement at polling locations.

    Herman and Clark have both received funding from Robert Beadles, a prominent local GOP donor who has made false claims about Nevada’s election system and cited antisemitic propaganda online.

    District 3 covers the area north of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport up to the southern half of Sun Valley. First-time candidate and Democrat Mariluz Garcia is the executive director of UNR’s Dean’s Future Scholars program. Her priorities include supporting first responders and attracting high-paying jobs.

    View the extended story by KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck on the Washoe County Commission races here.

    Nevada Governor-elect Republican Joe Lombardo promises education reforms during victory speech in Las Vegas

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 | 1:45 p.m. PT
    By Yvette Fernandez,KNPR

    Nevada’s next governor, Clark County Sheriff and Republican Joe Lombardo, made his first remarks since the election on Monday afternoon.

    With his wife and two adult children by his side, Governor-elect Joe Lombardo said he wanted to give the speech from Rancho High School in Las Vegas, not only because it was his alma mater and where he announced his candidacy for governor 15 months ago, but because he also wants to be known as “the education governor.”

    “As your next governor, my administration will expand school choice and make school safety a priority,” Lombardo said.

    He also said he would eliminate what he called “soft on crime” laws and prioritize strengthening Nevada’s economy.

    “Get our economy back on track so we don’t have to pay the price for bad decisions coming out of Washington, DC,” Lombardo said.

    Lombardo will be sworn-in as Nevada’s new governor in January.

    Yvette Fernandez is a news reporter and announcer at Nevada Public Radio.

    WCSD trustees prep for open District E seat as Taylor elected to Assembly District 27

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. PT
    By Jose Davila IV

    During its Election Day session, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees discussed how to fill Board President Angie Taylor’s District E seat if elected to the Nevada Assembly.

    State law says newly-elected assembly members must take office the day after Election Day if a special session is called before the start of the 2023 legislative session, and Taylor wanted to make sure a plan for filling her seat was approved.

    Since the meeting, the Associated Presshas called Taylor’s race in her favor. The Democrat beat Republican Carmen Ortiz by 16 percent in Assembly District 27.

    Candidates interested in the District E seat must apply by November 15.

    Click here for more on the WCSD Board of Trustees Election Day meeting.

    Jose Davila IV is a corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

    Las Vegas attorney, Democrat Cisco Aguilar elected Nevada Secretary of State

    Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 | 2:40 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Las Vegas attorney and Democrat Cisco Aguilar will serve as the next Nevada Secretary of State, beating Republican Jim Marchant, a prominent 2020 election denier. The secretary of state handles state legislative tasks like record keeping, but since the 2020 election, the office has come under the public eye for its role in election supervision.

    Aguilar supports early voting and voting by mail, and says showing proof of identification to vote isn’t necessary. Marchant who supports voter ID laws, has expressed distrust for voting machines, and led the push for hand-counting paper ballots. These methods are fueled by baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

    “My opponent was an election denier who ran a campaign on conspiracy theories,” Aguilar said. “My campaign focused on protecting democracy for all Nevadans, and for ensuring our elections remain free and fair in the future.”

    View KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck’s story about Nevada’s secretary of state race here.

    Ballot Question 3 on open primaries, ranked-choice voting in general elections passes

    Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 | 2:40 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Nevada Ballot Question 3 has passed according to the Associated Press. Since the measure aims to amend the state constitution, it would need to be passed by Nevada voters again in 2024, so the changes wouldn’t take place until the 2026 midterm election.

    Question 3 would create open primaries, which would allow voters to cast a ballot for high-profile races in the state regardless of party. Nevada currently has closed primaries, so people can only vote for candidates with the same political affiliation as their registration.

    After a primary election, the top five candidates regardless of party would then move on to the general election, where voters would rank their choices from 1-5. If a candidate receives more than 50%, they would be declared the winner. If not, the person with the least amount would be dropped, and the votes will be re-tabulated.

    View KUNR's coverage of Nevada’s Ballot Question 3 in English here, in Spanish here, and NPR’s coverage here.

    Democrat Zach Conine re-elected as state treasurer

    Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 | 2:40 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Democratic state treasurer Zach Conine has won a second term in office, according to a race called by AP. This position is responsible for maintaining state funds and the budget.

    Conine balanced the budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the office helped distribute millions of dollars in rental, housing, and utility assistance.

    Following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Conine announced the office would divest nearly $90 million from companies that sell or manufacture assault-style weapons.

    Conine’s Republican challenger Michelle Fiore called that decision a woke-political agenda. She was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

    Nevada re-elects Democratic Sen. Cortez Masto, determining balance of the U.S. Senate

    Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 | 8:40 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Nevada Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has won a second term in office, beating Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in a highly competitive race that has determined the party majority in the U.S. Senate.

    The race was neck and neck with Laxalt. The Associated Press didn’t call it until a large batch of mail-in ballots came in from Clark County on Saturday evening putting Cortez Masto in the lead.

    Cortez Masto became the first elected Latina senator in 2016 and served as Nevada’s attorney general prior to that. Key issues in the race were federal government spending, abortion, and law enforcement.

    View KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck’s story about Nevada’s senate race here.

    Democratic Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford re-elected

    Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 | 8:40 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Nevada Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford has been re-elected for a second term in office, according to an AP race call. Ford became the first African American elected to a statewide constitutional office in Nevada in 2018, after serving as a state senator.

    The AG is the top law enforcement official in the state. His top priorities are ending gun violence, stopping illegal trafficking, and consumer protection.

    Ford beat Republican challenger Sigal Chattah, who came under scrutiny for saying Ford should hang from a crane in a text message, and continuing to use a derogatory term for transgender people.

    Republican Andy Matthews elected as Nevada’s next controller

    Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 | 8:40 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Republican Andy Matthews will serve as Nevada’s next controller according to a race called by AP. Matthews is a state assemblyman representing part of Las Vegas and was previously in charge of the center-right think tank Nevada Policy Research Institute.

    The position oversees the state’s accounting system, along with settling claims against the state and collecting debts owed.

    According to his campaign website, his top priorities are to make the government more transparent, rein in government spending, and oppose tax increases.

    Matthews beat Democrat Ellen Spiegel a former state assemblywoman.

    Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo beats Democratic incumbent Steve Sisolak

    Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Clark County Sheriff, Republican Joe Lombardo will serve as Nevada’s next governor, beating Democratic incumbent Steve Sisolak, according to an Associated Press race call.

    Lombardo received Donald Trump’s endorsement before the primary in June.

    He supports school-choice vouchers, which would allow parents to use state money for private-school education. And wants to diversify Nevada’s tourism-reliant economy with manufacturing jobs. He promised not to raise taxes.

    Lombardo has been criticized for shifting stances on abortion access, previously saying he supports a 13-week ban, but later saying that decision is up to Nevada voters. The procedure is protected under state law.

    Democratic Sisolak conceded shortly before AP called the race saying he’s proud of the tough decisions he made during the COVID-19 pandemic even if they had political ramifications.

    View Lucia’s Starbuck’s digital writeup on Nevada’s gubernatorial race on NPR here

    AP: Rep. Susie Lee completes trio of Democratic wins in Nevada

    Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | Republished at 8:30 p.m. PT
    By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Susie Lee has survived a stiff challenge from Republican April Becker, completing a sweep of three key southern Nevada districts the GOP had targeted nationally as a priority in its bid to take control of the U.S. House.

    Lee joined fellow Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford in the winner’s circle on Friday.

    It means all four Nevada incumbents will return to the House next year. Republican Rep. Mark Amodei retained his seat in rural northern Nevada’s 2nd District where no Democrat has ever won.

    View the full story about the four races for Nevada representatives by AP here.

    Republican Stavros Anthony will serve as Nevada’s next lieutenant governor

    Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Republican Stavros Anthony has beaten Democratic Lisa Cano Burkhead to become Nevada’s next lieutenant governor. This position is first in the line of succession for governor, chairs the Commission on Tourism, and is vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Department of Transportation.

    Anthony is a Las Vegas city councilman and ran unsuccessfully for Clark County Commission in 2020. He has made false claims the election was stolen from him.

    On his campaign website, he says he’ll focus on small businesses, low taxes, and advancing tourism. Nevada’s next governor, Joe Lombardo, and Anthony both have decades of experience with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

    Democrat Cano Burkhead was appointed by Steve Sisolak after the prior lieutenant governor resigned to accept a position with Joe Biden’s administration.

    Nevada Ballot Question 2 on minimum wage passes

    Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Nevada’s Ballot Question 2 has passed, according to a call by the Associated Press. The measure amends the state constitution by removing the language that allows for a different minimum wage between workers who are offered benefits and those who are not, enshrining a $12 minimum wage in the constitution and ending cost-of-living adjustments. It would also ensure the state’s minimum wage meets the federal wage requirement if it were to increase.

    View KUNR's coverage on Nevada’s Ballot Question 2 in English here, and in Spanish here.

    Nevada passes sweeping version of Equal Rights Amendment

    Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | Republished at 8:30 p.m. PT
    By Gabe Stern, The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters have adopted what is widely considered the most comprehensive state version of the Equal Rights Amendment in the nation. It's a sweeping update that could put protections in place in the state Constitution for people who have historically been marginalized. Nevada’s Equal Rights Amendment amends the state. Constitution to ensure equal rights for all, “regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, ancestry, or national origin.”

    View full story on the passing of Nevada’s ballot question on equal rights by AP here.

    Clark County fires back at Trump’s false claim the election system is corrupt

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 | 4:34 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    Clark County’s top election official is firing back at former President Donald Trump’s baseless claim of election fraud. As of Thursday afternoon, the county is still processing tens of thousands of mail-in ballots.

    In Nevada, mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted through Saturday, and voters have until Monday to address issues with their signatures under state law.

    That hasn’t stopped Trump from falsely calling the voting system corrupt on his alternative social media platform, Truth Social; however, there is no evidence so far of widespread voter fraud in this midterm election or during the 2020 presidential election in Nevada.

    “Obviously, he’s misinformed two years later about the law and our election processes, which ensure the integrity of elections in Clark County and the state. We couldn’t go any faster now, even if we wanted to,” said Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria at an election briefing Thursday.

    The Associated Press hasn’t called most of Nevada’s top-ticket races yet because the ballots remaining to be counted could change the outcomes.

    Haga clic aquí para leer esta noticia en español sobre la respuesta del Condado Clark a la afirmación infundada de Trump.

    AP calls several legislative races and ballot question 1

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 | 1:42 p.m. PT
    By KUNR Staff

    Several legislative races in Nevada were called by the Associated Press. View the results for the following races as of 1:42 p.m. PT.

    Races called Wednesday evening:

    • State assembly, district 4: Richard McArthur (Incumbent, R)
    • State assembly, district 6: Shondra Summers-Armstrong (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 7: Cameron Miller (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 10: Rochelle Nguyen (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 11: Beatrice Duran (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 14: Erica Mosca (D)
    • State assembly, district 15: Howard Watts (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 17: Clara Thomas (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 18: Venicia Considine (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 20: David Orentlicher (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 23: Danielle Gallant (R)
    • State assembly, district 28: Reuben D'Silva (D)
    • State assembly, district 33: Bert Gurr (R)
    • State assembly, district 39: Ken Gray (R)
    • State senate, district 2: Edgar Flores (D)
    • State senate, district 10: Fabian Donate (Incumbent, D)

    Races called Thursday morning:

    • State assembly, district 13: Brian Hibbetts (R)
    • State assembly, district 22: Melissa Hardy (Incumbent, R)
    • State assembly, district 24: Sarah Peters (Incumbent, D)
    • State assembly, district 26: Rich DeLong (R)
    • State assembly, district 40: Philip O'Neill (Incumbent, R)
    • State assembly, district 42: Tracy Brown-May (Incumbent, D)
    • State senate, district 13: Richard Daly (D)
    • State senate, district 16: Lisa Krasner (R)
    • State senate, district 20: Jeff Stone (R)

    As of Thursday morning, the Associated Press has also called the following ballot measure:

    • Ballot question 1, equal rights amendment: “Yes”

    For up-to-date results on federal, state and legislative races in Nevada, as well as ballot initiatives, view KUNR’s results pages:

    More than 100,000 mail-in ballots have yet to be counted in Washoe and Clark counties

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 | 6:46 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    The Associated Press has not declared a winner for almost all of the top-ticket races in Nevada because they’re too close to call, as more than 100,000 mail-in ballots have yet to be processed in Nevada’s two most populous counties.

    Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and are accepted through Saturday. Clark County received just under 57,000 mail-in ballots on Tuesday, and there are nearly 10,000 ballots that require signature curing. As of Wednesday, less than half have been cured, and voters have until Monday to address those issues.

    Washoe County has received roughly 60,000 mail-in ballots as of Wednesday. Election officials in both counties are urging Nevadans to be patient throughout this process.

    View the extended version of story on mail-in ballots in Nevada.

    All eyes turn to Nevada’s critical Senate, House races

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 | Republished at 1:45 p.m. PT
    By Ken Ritter and Rebecca Boone, The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eyes across the U.S. turned to the swing state of Nevada on Wednesday, where critical races — including one that could determine control of the U.S. Senate — remained too early to call amid a plodding vote count that could last through the week.

    The national tug-of-war between the Democratic and Republican parties is encapsulated in nearly every level of government in Nevada, but especially in the razor-thin margins at the top of the ballot: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is fending off a challenge from Republican Adam Laxalt, three House seats remain in limbo and the Democratic governor is in a tight race with a Republican sheriff.

    With a significant number of mail-in ballots still to be counted, both Republican and Democrats in the high-profile Senate and governor's races have urged supporters to be patient. County election clerks will count mail ballots received until Nov. 12 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

    View the full story on key Nevada races at APNews.com.

    Nevada GOP Rep. Mark Amodei easily reelected to 7th term

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 | Republished at 11:22 a.m. PT
    By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six-term Republican Rep. Mark Amodei has defeated Elizabeth Mercedes Krause, as expected, in Nevada’s rural northern district where no Democrat has ever won.

    The 2nd Congressional District was considered the only safe seat for either party among the four in the western battleground of Nevada, where three incumbent Democrats faced stiff challenges. All three of those races were too early to call early Wednesday.

    View the full story on Nevada's 2nd Congressional District results at APNews.com.

    Results are pending across the Silver State

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 11:56 p.m. PT
    By KUNR Staff

    The Washoe County Registrar of Voters has released preliminary, unofficial results for local races, which can be viewed on the county’s website.

    For up-to-date results on federal, state and legislative races in Nevada, as well as ballot questions, visit KUNR’s election coverage page.

    Statewide results, including the Nevada Board of Regents races, can also be viewed on the Nevada Secretary of State’s election website.

    Mail-in ballots received Tuesday won’t be counted for several days in most populous Nevada counties

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 9:23 p.m. PT
    By Lucia Starbuck

    It will take several days to count mail-in ballots in Nevada’s two most populous counties due to there not being enough personnel in Clark County and a large number of ballots being dropped off on Election Day in Washoe County.

    Washoe County’s interim registrar of voters, Jamie Rodriguez, said the office is expecting to receive about 16,000 ballots today that were mailed in and dropped off at vote centers across the county, plus about 1,000 received by mail on Monday.

    In Nevada, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and are accepted through Saturday. In addition, signature curing, or the process which allows voters to address issues with their signature, will take place until Monday.

    Nevada’s races for governor and senator have attracted a lot of attention due to their close margins between major party candidates. The last ballots trickling in could change the outcomes, so it’s unlikely the Associated Press will call the winners of these races on election night.

    Washoe County vote centers close, ballots arrive at Registrar of Voters office

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 8:47 p.m. PT
    By Gustavo Sagrero

    A man wearing a a collared shirt carries a box filled with ballots past a pickup truck in a parking garage.
    Gustavo Sagrero
    KUNR Public Radio
    Staff at the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office in Reno, Nev., bring ballots from a vote center in the Red Rock area to be counted after polls closed on Nov. 8, 2022.

    Less than an hour after polls closed, all vote centers in Washoe County officially closed, and voters who were in line by 7 p.m. PT were allowed to cast their ballots.

    Meanwhile, staff with the Registrar of Voters office in Reno started receiving ballots from locations around Washoe County, and they’ve started placing a small number of ballots into the ballot counting machine after addressing a paper jam.

    Washoe County’s ballot counting livestream offers a real-time view of the Registrar of Voters office: 

    US Senate candidates in Nevada locked in neck-and-neck race

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | Republished at 8:22 p.m. PT
    By Rebecca Boone, The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — For a swing state, there’s been remarkably little motion in Nevada’s polls. Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican challenger Adam Laxalt have been locked in a neck-and-neck race for weeks.

    Both have hit hard on national party talking points, with Laxalt blaming inflation and illegal immigration on Democratic policies, and Cortez Masto promising to block GOP-led attempts at a nationwide abortion ban and to fight for a pathway to permanent citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children.

    But those issues aren’t necessarily sure-fire wins. As voters made their choices at the polls Tuesday, the results of the nail-biting race may hinge on nuance.

    View the full story on Nevada's senate race at APNews.com.

    Polls close in Nevada, uncontested races called by AP

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 8:08 p.m. PT
    By KUNR Staff

    Polling sites in the Silver State are now closed; however, voters waiting in line ahead of the 7 p.m. closure can still cast their ballots.

    Several state or legislative races in Nevada were uncontested, and the Associated Press called the following races at 7:02 p.m. PT:

    • Nevada Supreme Court, Seat A: Linda Bell (NP)
    • Nevada Supreme Court, Seat E: Ron Parraguirre (Incumbent, NP)
    • Assembly District 19: Thaddeus Yurek (R)
    • Assembly District 31: Jill Dickman (Incumbent, R)
    • Assembly District 32: Alexis Hansen (Incumbent, R)
    • Assembly District 36: Gregory Hafen (Incumbent, R)
    • Assembly District 38: Gregory Koenig (R)
    • Senate District 14: Ira Hansen (Incumbent, R)
    • Senate District 17: Robin Titus (R)

    For up-to-date results on federal, state and legislative races in Nevada, as well as ballot initiatives, view KUNR’s results pages:

    Nevada polling sites remain open until 7 p.m.

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 6:18 p.m. PT
    By KUNR Staff

    Polling sites are scheduled to close at 7 p.m. PT in Nevada; however, locations will remain open to those already in line by the closure time.

    Click here to view locations and projected wait times in Washoe County, and click here to view polling sites by county on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website. In addition, you can enter your address into this Google widget to find your nearest polling location.

    Morning voting runs smoothly at Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, voters discuss democracy, abortion

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 4:55 p.m. PT
    By Jose Davila IV

    Between open double doors in the foreground, an election worker helps someone sign in to vote. There are other voters waiting in a line in the background.
    Jose Davila IV
    KUNR Public Radio
    Voters wait their turn at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony vote center while an election worker assists a voter in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 8, 2022.

    Morning voting ran smoothly at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony today, according to poll manager Mike Holmes, who told KUNR that the vote center was averaging about a 10-minute wait at the time. There was also indoor space available for voters to wait before casting their ballots, whereas some voting locations in the region saw outdoor lines accompanied by inclement weather.

    Several voters leaving the center discussed abortion rights, education and democracy. Some, like Georgie Dressler, also expressed excitement about voting for Democratic incumbents Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto and Governor Steve Sisolak. Dressler said that the two did everything they could to support the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This election cycle, Republican candidates Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general, and Joe Lombardo, sheriff of Clark County, are running against Cortez-Masto and Sisolak, respectively.

    Jose Davila IV is a corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

    Morning voters at Wooster High share concerns about economy, abortion rights

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 4:11 p.m. PT
    By Jose Davila IV

    A man wearing a black sweater hold out an “I voted” sticker to the camera in front of a high school building on an overcast day.
    Jose Davila IV
    KUNR Public Radio
    Johnny Supencheck smiles with his “I voted” sticker outside Wooster High in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 8, 2022.

    Some early morning voters at Earl Wooster High School in Reno shared concerns about the economy and abortion rights as they left the polling site; however, few displayed excitement for the candidates they voted to elect, instead focusing on the issues.

    Johnny Supencheck, a shop manager for a local firm, said women’s bodily autonomy was the most important issue to him this election. He also mentioned that getting inclusive language into the Nevada Constitution through Question 1 and increasing education funding were priorities.

    Although lines were short in the morning, one poll worker told KUNR that he expected the vote center to get busier later in the day.

    Click here to view polling locations and projected wait times in Washoe County.

    Jose Davila IV is a corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

    Downtown Reno Library polling location update

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. PT
    By Nick Stewart

    A "Vote here" sign on the sidewalk outside in the snow.
    Nick Stewart
    KUNR Public Radio
    A “vote here” sign welcomes voters outside the library in downtown Reno during a heavy snow around 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2022.

    As of 11 a.m. the line at the Reno’s Downtown Library was about to go out the door. Roughly 100 people are casting their votes here and most are attempting to take shelter inside the library while also keeping the line organized.

    The polls opened at 7 a.m. today but the library was not swarming until roughly 10 a.m., when the library opened. Snow continues to fall as of 1 p.m. and is expected to last throughout the rest of the day.

    UNR polling location update

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. PT
    By Nick Stewart

    A line of voters waiting in the hallway of a large building.
    Nick Stewart
    KUNR Public Radio
    Numerous voters lined up at the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR to cast their votes around 8 a.m. the morning of Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022.

    The UNR polling location in the Joe Crowley Student Union is seeing a massive turnout as of noon, with hundreds of people waiting in line to vote, despite the harsh weather conditions outside.

    One student explained that she didn’t vote until today because the campaigning through text messages and phone calls over the last few weeks has become overwhelming, and it discouraged her from getting her vote in.

    Polls close at 7 p.m., but anyone in line at closing time is allowed to cast their ballot.

    Nevada state website outage restored

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 12:43 p.m. PT
    By Natalie Van Hoozer, Lucia Starbuck and Jose Davila IV

    According to the Nevada Department of Administration, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office and other sites hosted by the state experienced a website-related connectivity issue earlier today, but is now restored.

    Washoe County Registrar of Voters Jamie Rodriguez said state website delays won’t affect how the county reports results, but could affect the Washoe County results shown on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

    You can view your nearest polling location by entering your address into this Google widget, in addition to looking at the Nevada Secretary of State’s website with a breakdown by county.

    Election Day weather update

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 11:54 a.m. PT
    By Natalie Van Hoozer and Lucia Starbuck

    KUNR staff and other reporters on the ground throughout Reno, Sparks and Carson City are seeing lines at polling locations, despite the snowy weather. Washoe County notes that, if lines are long, you may be waiting outside.

    If you are voting in Washoe County, you can view polling locations wait times on the Registrar of Voters website.

    Below are some on-the-ground perspectives from KUNR’s Nick Stewart and Jose Davila IV, as well as the Reynolds Sandbox:

    Follow KUNR staff on Election Day

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 | 7:00 a.m. PT
    By KUNR Staff

    It’s Election Day in the Silver State, and polling locations can be found on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

    Several KUNR reporters will be visiting polling sites in Northern Nevada. Browse the feed below or click here to view Tweets from KUNR staff.

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