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April 17, 2015

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Voting in Ward 6 recall race on track for 10 percent turnout

Polls close at 7 p.m.; results expected to be available by about 8 p.m.

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Byron Goynes

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Steve Ross

As of early afternoon, it appears as if voting for today’s recall election for the Ward 6 seat on the Las Vegas City Council is on track for a 10 percent turnout.

“It’s been steady, but not busy,” said Larry Lomax, Clark County registrar of voters.

As of about 1:35 p.m., 1,375 people had voted at the three voting centers set up in the race, which features incumbent Steve Ross and city planning commissioner Byron Goynes. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Today’s voters, combined with those who voted early last Thursday and Friday, put the combined total at 4,289.

Lomax predicted the day might finish out with a turnout of between 5,000 to 6,000 voters. He said all the votes will probably be counted by 8 p.m.

The election is open to registered voters in Ward 6 (see map) at the following location:

• A trailer in the Centennial Plaza shopping center at Centennial Center and Tropical Parkway,

• Room 4 at the Centennial Hills Community Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive at Deer Springs Way.

• Alberstons grocery store, 4850 Craig Road at Decatur Boulevard.

The election was forced by Committee to Recall Steve Ross, which has been pushed by Joe Scala, a a car dealer who was denied a waiver to continue operating a dealership in Centennial Hills, which is in Ross’ ward.

Ballots feature the names of both Ross, who was last elected in 2009, and Goynes, who is a longtime member of the Las Vegas Planning Commission.

Goynes ran for the same seat in 2005 and finished in third place.

Ross won a second four-year term to represent Ward 6 in 2009 with 54.8 percent of the vote against his challenger, attorney Jennifer Taylor.

Ross ran for mayor earlier this year, but after finishing in fifth place in the primary , he endorsed Carolyn Goodman, who won the seat.

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  1. As I stated in a comment yesterday, 10% turnout for a recall election is a joke. What was the percentage that saw Mr. Ross elected initially? If Mr. Goynes wins the recall, with a 10% turnout, is that a true indication of the will of the electorate? A very sad commentary. A suggestion: if the turnout doesn't exceed 50% of the electorate involved, the results should be null and void.