Voters set record numbers first 2 days of early voting

By Shakala Alvaranga |

Published 10/24 2016 07:22PM

Updated 10/24 2016 08:45PM

As a key swing state, Nevada's votes really count for the 2016 election. Early voting started Saturday, Oct. 22, and according to Clark County, residents hit the polls in record numbers.

More than 70,000 people cast their ballots.  Flor Cordona was one of those votes.

Cardona said she voted Saturday for the first time in her life.

"Sixteen years ago I didn't have papers; I didn't have a language; I didn't have nothing," Cardona said. "I only have dreams."

Cardona's pushing for other Latino's to vote early.  However, Cardona isn't the only person making a push during early voting.

Both Democrats and Republicans have also made a final push across the state to sway voters who haven't made up their minds yet.

"Now is the time to really voice your concerns with what's happening with our country and the direction that you would like to see it going," said Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, United States Senate candidate.

Recent polls show the race for president and Harry Reid's Senate seat are tight in Nevada.   

Cortez Masto's opponent, Republican Senate candidate Dr. Joe Heck held a rally in Reno with Texas Senator Tedd Cruz over the weekend.

"Nevada is a battleground," Cruz said.  "Control of the U.S. Senator could very well come down to the Nevada Senate seat."

According to Clark County, on Saturday alone, there were 39,309 ballots cast.  The amount beats the 2012 general election figure by about 6,000 votes.

On Sunday, 31,249 people voted in Clark County, which once again topples the 2012 general election by more than 5,000 votes.

"It's not enough to say my vote does not count," voter Daise Spikes said.  "Its just not enough to say that. Every vote counts."

The deadline to take part in early voting is Nov. 4   For a complete list of early voting locations go here.

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