Nevada voting sites report steady turnout today

Marlys Barker, Nevada Journal Editor
Patricia Curler, right, Sara Atluru, center and Gabriella Curler pose outside the Nevada City Hall voting location today.

As far as poll workers could tell, it has been a good turnout for voters in Nevada’s four precincts today.

Linda Wright, a worker at the Methodist Church voting site, reported around 10:30 a.m. that there was a line when the location opened at 7 a.m. that lasted until 8:30, and then a pretty steady flow of voters through the morning hours.

Tom Dalton of Nevada, who was a first-time poll worker, working at the Gates Hall location, said it seemed to be a pretty steady flow of voters for that site, and he said most of the voters he’d interacted with were in good spirits. “All seem to think it’s going to be close,” he said of the presidential election.

Dalton was pleased that he had seen a few first-time high school students vote today and that people coming in to vote were being pleasant, especially in light of such a negative presidential campaign season. “It’s just too bad they had to both really slam each other,” he said. And as a veteran, it mattered to him that he hadn’t seen any footage of either candidate visiting a veterans’ home or other veteran facility during the campaign.

Joe Selmo, who was waiting in line mid-afternoon at the Gates Hall voting site, said, “I’ll be more disappointed with the outcome (of the presidential election) than I’ve ever been in my 63 years of living.” He didn’t say how he was voting, but said he would be slightly more disappointed with one candidate than the other, thus he came in to cast his ballot.

At the City Hall voting site in Nevada, Patricia Curler, and family members Sara Atluru and Gabriella Curler, were just leaving, but were willing to share how they voted. Gabriella, being just 10, was along to see how the voting process worked.

“The first time I ever voted was for Bill Clinton,” Curler said, but she didn’t vote for the other Clinton today. “I was on the fence for awhile until abortion came up. There is no partial birth abortion … that’s when I decided. That wasn’t abortion, that was murder.”

Atluru, who was voting in her second presidential election, voted for Obama the first time, but had changed her choice to the Republican side in this election. “I like his fire,” she said of Donald Trump. Curler agreed and said, “He won’t be afraid to get things done.”

Both agreed that this is a scary time for the country, but that no matter who is elected, a lot of the power lies within the House and Senate anyway.

Jennifer Enzian, who was voting at the Christy Hall location, had her daughters, 9-year-old Brooklyn and 6-year-old Hayden with her to observe. Brooklyn wasn’t afraid to say that she wants to see Hillary Clinton win because she’ll be the first woman president. That excites her. Jennifer didn’t want to say how she was voting, but she said she wanted to show her kids that voting is a way for their voices to be heard and to be respectful of our veterans. “I feel like it’s important to honor all the people who fought for my right to vote,” she said.

Kirk Stamper, who was also voting at the Christy Hall location, said he was voting for Trump because of two issues. “Hillary Clinton is for abortion and also for gay rights, and because of those two things, that settles it.”

No matter what the outcome tonight, Stamper said he’ll live with it, because “I don’t have a choice. And you know why? Because God is in control.”

On a lighter note, Stamper said he’ll be glad when this election ends, “and we can get back to regular junky commercials.”