Laughlin gets out and votes

November 9, 2016

LAUGHLIN — If the lines indicated the importance of this election to many residents, then the significance went out the door. By the afternoon, the lines at Laughlin Library were out the door and around the corner as many waited their turn to exercise their right to vote.

Results were not available at press time. The Times will report as results become available.

There were a few different races Laughlin residents had to consider for this year’s presidential election. The most contentious race was for the post of President of the United States. Voters could select from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican candidate Donald Trump, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Liberterian candidate Gary Johnson. Vice President candidates were Time Kaine (D), Mike Pence, (R), Ajamu Baraka (G), and William Weld (L).

Another big race included replacing the retiring U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Rep. Joe Heck (R) and Catherine Coretz Masto (D) are the lead candidates in that race. Tony Gumina, Tom Jones, Thomas Sawyer and Jarrod Williams also ran for the senate seat.

Incumbent Melissa Woodbury (R) ran for her seat for District 23 State Assembly. Craig Jordahl (D).

With Heck running for the senate seat, that opened up that race for other candidates. Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian opted to run for the seat. Jacky Rosen, (D), is opposing him. Warren Markowitz is a third candidate in that race. David Gossen also threw his name in the ring.

Several judical seats and State Board of Education seats were up for reelection.

Voters also needed to make decisions on four ballot issues, Questions 1, 2, 3 and 4. Question 1 requires background checks for individuals purchasing firearms from unlicenses persons.

Question 2 would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. Neighboring state California was also looking to legalize marijuana. Both states may follow other states, including Colorado, who have already legalized marijuana.

Question 3 would require legislation to eliminate energy monopolies and establish a competitive market.

Question 4 would require that certain types of equipment including durable medical equipment, mobility enhancing equipment and oxygen delivery equipment be exempt from the sales and use tax.

Nevadans nearly had Question 5 to consider but the Nevada State Supreme Court ruled that question had biased language and removed it from the ballot. The question would have retained or repealed a section of Senate Bill 374 establishing a fixed fee for solar customers.