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Election 2016: Incline Village posts strong early voting turnout

Kayla Anderson
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election kicked off Oct. 22 at various locations throughout Washoe County.

As of end of day Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Incline Village Library has processed 2,172 early voters (mostly from the IV/CB area).

As of Tuesday night, Washoe County had already received 91,589 ballots out of the 263,554 registered voters since early voting started.

As we all know, a lot of media attention has gone toward local and regional candidates, as well as Nevada Question 1 (marijuana legalization).

But for those who haven't received Sample Ballots or have voted yet, following is a shortened version of the three other state measures, as well as Washoe County Question No. 1, to give local readers a bit of information as to what else you'll be asked to vote on (full versions are available in the ballot and online at washoecounty.us):

Washoe County Question 1

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(Should Washoe County be authorized to impose a 0.54% sales tax increase to help fund Washoe County School District capital projects?)

If passed, the state sales tax would increase from 7.725% to 8.265% with the extra revenues going toward the WCSD to acquire, construct, and repair school facilities throughout Washoe County.

Those in favor of passing the measure say that currently schools in Washoe County are overcrowded and falling apart. Without new funding, schools may be forced to go into a double session structure and the schools to go into further neglect.

People opposing WC-1 feel that the sales tax is already too steep and that the measure fails to explain why new bonding for a 9-year $800 million construction plan needs an infinite revenue source.

They say that the WCSD needs to address these concerns and ensure that they are qualified to respond to this kind of growth before pushing this new sales tax increase.

State Question No. 1

(Prohibiting the sale of firearms to an unlicensed buyer without a background check on the buyer.)

This measure is to require the seller and the buyer of the firearm to appear together with the weapon in front of a federally-licensed firearms dealer. Using the FBI's Instant Criminal Background Check System, the licensed dealer can charge a fee for administering the background check and facilitating the transfer. There are exemptions to this mandatory background check to people working in law enforcement or any other job where carrying a firearm is part of one's duties. Exemptions also apply to antique firearms or the transfer between immediate family members.

Voting "Yes" on Measure 1 would amend Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 202 to require background checks while transferring firearms; voting "No" would kill the measure. Supporters of Measure 1 believe that passing it would close the loophole that makes it easy for convicted felons to obtain guns without a criminal background check and no Nevada tax dollars would be used to implement the measure.

Adversaries of Measure 1 say that passing this amended statute will do nothing to promote public safety and is destroying Second Amendment rights. They believe that this will bolster criminals obtaining guns through the black market and that the measure is written to ensnare the innocent rather than target criminal activity.

State Question No. 3

(Amending the Nevada Constitution to allow an open, competitive retail electric energy market for the generation of electricity.)

If passed, this law would allow an open, competitive retail electric energy market by the year 2023. The measure includes provisions that reduce customers' costs and protect them against service disconnections/unfair practices. This would allow any entity in Nevada to choose an electric utility service provider of their choice.

By voting "Yes" on Measure 3, state legislature would be required to pass a law by July 1, 2023 that creates an open and competitive retail electric market. Supporters of the bill believe that it's wrong to be forced into using a single energy provider and that it limits the types of renewable energy Nevadans can purchase.

On the flip side, people voting "No" believe that deregulating Nevada energy markets is unnecessary because prices are already competitive. The opposing side thinks that deregulation has caused problems in the airline, banking, and housing industries and can also be attributed to the rolling blackouts and power shortages by Enron in the 1990's.

State Question No. 4

(Allowing a tax exemption on medical equipment, oxygen deliver systems, and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.)

If passed, this law would allow patients who need specific mobile medical equipment to be exempt from paying tax on it.

Supporters of Measure 4 believe that a "Yes" vote will help sick, injured and dying patients and relieve the tax burden on those who need this type of equipment to live. Currently, they feel that this tax is contributing to the increase of insurance copays, deductibles, and premium costs.

Those opposing Measure 4 do so because they think that if the medical equipment expenses exceed revenues, then debt will be created. Since the state relies on these medical equipment taxes to help fund schools, libraries, fire departments, etc., then they question who will be footing the bill for all of those medical equipment tax exemptions.

Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Email her at kaylaanderson1080@gmail.com.

By the numbers

Below is an early voting turnout report from the Incline Village Library, according to Washoe County Elections:

418: Oct. 22

425: Oct. 25

373: Oct. 26

305: Oct. 27

295: Oct. 29

356: Nov. 1

Total: 2,172

Other important points:

Early voting continues at Incline Village Library from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through November 4.

For Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, you must vote in the precinct listed on your Sample Ballot.

Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Aspen Grove and the Incline Middle School, depending on your precinct.

Learn more: Visit http://www.washoecounty.us/voters for everything you need to know about the 2016 elections in Washoe County.

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