Electoral Votes: 6
2008 Result (%): Obama 55.2-42.7
Voting Pattern Summary
The state of Nevada is dominated by the Las Vegas metropolitan area contained entirely within Clark County. In 2008 Clark County provided 2/3rds of all votes cast in the state. Clark County is the most Democratic part of the state and has been carried solely by Democratic presidential candidates since 1992.
When Democrats carry the state , they can usually carry the counties containing the smaller cities of Reno (Washoe County) and the state’s capital Carson City. The state has two basic indicators on how the state will fall, Washoe County, the margin of which mirrors the state wide margin, and the margin of Democratic victory in Clark County.
The tables of the key counties are below, please click to enlarge.
Nevada as a whole use direct recording electronic devices (DRE) which provide a voter verified paper trail.
There are no automatic recounts in Nevada, however defeated candidates or individual voters may request a recount within 3 working days of the certification of the vote. The cost of the recount is borne by the requestor unless the result is changed due to the recount. Recounts are undertaken by viewing the paper trail generated by the DRE machines.
The recount is first undertaken by a sample of 5 precincts chosen by the party requesting the recount. If the vote tally changes by more than 1% in the sample, a full state-wide hand recount is conducted.
A full summary of Nevada recount laws can be found here.
Early Voting - Updated 6/11
As at 5 November, according to the US election project website, the number of early votes cast in Nevada at this election is equivalent to 72.4% of all 2008 votes cast. In 2008 the early vote share of all votes was 66.9%.
Of the voters who have cast ballots already, the party registration of these voters is Dem 44%, Rep 37%, Ind 19% which indicates a Democratic lead in the vast early vote.