Participation In Primaries Will Be Key In Nevada According To Voter Advocates

Nevada Primary Voters Will Choose Candidates To Face Off In November

June 11, 2018 - 1:47 pm

CARSON CITY, NV (KXNT) - As Nevadans head to the polls for primary elections Tuesday (6/12), voter advocates want to ensure all communities and age groups make their voices heard. Turnout among young voters and minority communities in Nevada was lower than other groups in the 2016 election. 

Nevada voters head to the polls Tuesday (6/12) for primary elections. Voter advocates are working to encourage voting across all communities and age groups. Only 37 percent of 18- to-24-year-olds in Nevada turned out to vote in the 2016 presidential elections compared with 71 percent of adults 65 and older, according to census data. Among eligible Hispanic voters in Nevada, 56 percent participated, compared with 61 percent of white voters. And in primary and midterm elections, like this year's, voter turnout tends to be lower. Dulce Valencia, with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, has spent time registering voters ahead of this year's elections. She said getting all demographics to come out to the polls is key to balancing out political representation.

"We need to get people to vote for people who not only look like them but are going to represent them in a better way. We want to make sure the government reflects the diversity that is our country, and we only get that if people go out and vote," said Valencia. 

Primary voters in Nevada will choose candidates to face off in November in races for Senate, House, governor and several state and local positions.

Valencia said it's important for voters to start looking ahead to November's elections now.

"Are you registered to vote at your current address? Have you changed your name or do you need to update your party affiliation? Just make sure that they're being active voters and not just waiting for the election," she said.

If you're not already registered, it's too late to register for this week's primaries. But you have until October ninth to register for November's general election.