Early voters face long lines in Nevada

Many Nevada residents rushed to cast their ballot in the state's early voting exercise, which started on Saturday and ends on Nov 4.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Mrs Hillary Clinton in Nevada on Oct 23, 2016.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Mrs Hillary Clinton in Nevada on Oct 23, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

NEVADA (REUTERS) - Nevada residents are heading to the polls for early voting, just days after the final presidential debate.

Carson City clerk recorder Sue Merriweather said lines on Saturday (Oct 22) were longer than what they've seen before.

"I think they're coming out so they can get it out of the way so they don't have to listen to the candidates anymore."

Voters like Mr Mike Cady said he voted out of urgency.

"I think we need to change and I think the country is ready for that change and that's why I think you're going to see a big, big turnout."

He said he believes Republican Donald Trump will deliver that change.

 

Striking a different chord, pop star Katy Perry encouraged voters at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to support Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"First of all, she's fighting for the opportunity to go to college and not be paying off it for the rest of your life."

But the bottom line, she says, is you have to vote.

"I'm here because we know how important Nevada is, we know how important your voice is, especially. So you can vote early."

If these lines are any indication, voters are aware of their ballot's power.

Early voting ends in Nevada on Nov 4.