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General Election 2010 in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County

2010 Mid-Term Election Features Candidates for Local & Statewide Offices


Elections in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, Nevada

Elections in Reno and Washoe County, Nevada.

Photo © Stan White
Updated October 06, 2010
Since the primary election in June, political activity has been fierce as candidates woo voters in numerous local and statewide races. With the also rans weeded out, the rhetoric has become shrill, to say the least. Not surprisingly, the most noise is coming from the race that is garnering the most attention - Republican challenger Sharron Angle vs. Democratic incumbent Harry Reid for U.S. Senate. These two couldn't be more different in their approaches to dealing with the nation's problems and they are real busy letting the voters know all about it.

The other statewide race of interest is for governor. Incumbent Jim Gibbons was soundly rejected in the primary, which went to former Nevada Attorney General and federal judge Brian Sandoval. His Democratic challenger is Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid, who also happens to be Harry Reid's son. Their sparring has included a lot about the sorry state of Nevada's public education, but compared to the elder Reid and Angle, these guys are reading from the same book.

2010 Nevada General Election Candidates

The 2010 mid-term general election is at least as heated as the 2008 presidential race. Candidates from the extreme ends of the political spectrum are making serious runs for office in what some are calling a referendum on the performance of the Obama administration. Reno and Washoe County voters should have little trouble choosing one side or the other as there isn't much ambiguity involved. What seems to be lacking are moderate candidates somewhere in the middle. To see who survived the primary and will be on the 2010 mid-term general election ballot, refer to General Election 2010 Partisan Candidates in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County and General Election 2010 Non-Partisan Candidates in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County.

2010 Nevada Ballot Initiatives

In addition to electing numerous office holders, voters were going to vote on several initiatives aimed at amending the Nevada Constitution. However, none of the petitions required to place any of these on the ballot were returned by the June 15, 2010 deadline. Several initiatives to amend the Nevada Revised Statutes will go before voters, including one to revise Nevada's marijuana laws.

Information from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters for the 2010 General Election

Register To Vote

If you aren't registered, you can't vote. You have until October 12 to register to vote in the 2010 general mid-term election. Nevada does not provide for online voter registration. You can register in person at Nevada DMV offices, any state welfare agency, and county clerk / registrar of voters offices. In Washoe County, mail your application to Registrar of Voters, 1001 E. Ninth St., P.O. Box 11130, Reno, NV 89520-0027, or present it in person by October 12. Mail in applications must be postmarked by October 2 for the 2010 general election. If you are going to vote by absentee ballot, you must request one by October 26. Early voting will be from October 16 through October 29.

If you have any concerns about whether or not you are registered to vote, check the Washoe County Voter Registration Status website. By simply entering your last name and birth date, you can make sure you are actually registered and that your information is correct. This is vital should your right to vote be challenged.

Sources: Washoe County Registrar of Voters, Nevada Secretary of State.

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