Purges are all the rage — but not in Nevada, Secretary of State says

check yourself
October 18 is the last day to register to vote online. https://www.nvsos.gov/sosvoterservices/Registration/Step0.aspx
check yourself
October 18 is the last day to register to vote online.
https://www.nvsos.gov/sosvoterservices/Registration/Step0.aspx

Oct. 18 is the last day to register to vote online, and if you have any doubt at all about your registration status, you can check it easily. For instance, the Secretary of State’s office has a page where Nevadans can check their registration status.

Journalist Greg Palast has a list too.

Palast and his non-profit Palast Investigative Fund says he forced the Secretary of State’s office to release the names of 90,000 Nevada voters in Clark and Washoe counties who may have been inappropriately purged from the voter rolls in 2016 and 2017.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office says Palast’s claims are inaccurate. No voter information was ever withheld from Palast, and “all voter list maintenance in Nevada is performed by county election officials,” not Cegavske, the office said in a statement Monday.

The Secretary of State’s office “routinely makes public statements about voter list maintenance activities, most recently in April 2018, when it was announced that over 63,000 records were removed from the list of active registered voters in Nevada,” the statement said.

Palast also charges that Cegavske’s office “used the same notorious ‘purge by postcard’ and ‘Crosscheck’ methods of cleansing voter rolls as GOP Secretaries of State Brian Kemp of Georgia and Kris Kobach of Kansas. Our experts, reviewing these lists, have found that the overwhelming majority of voters who have supposedly moved out of state or out of their home counties have, in fact, not moved an inch—most remain at their original registration address.”

Cegavske’s office says Palast is wrong.

“Nevada does not currently use, and not ever used, information received from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program for voter list maintenance purposes,” the statement from Cegavske’s office said. Instead, Nevada election officials rely on data sources including the Social Security Administration’s “Death Master Index,” the Postal Service’s change of address database, and the Electronic Registration Information Center, a non-profit formed in 2012 with assistance from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

1 COMMENT

  1. “’Nevada does not currently use, and not ever used, information received from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program for voter list maintenance purposes,’ the statement from Cegavske’s office said.”

    Gosh, is that so? Because this press release from when Ross Miller was Secretary of State seems to say differently: “‘As Nevada’s elections chief, I take my responsibility seriously to uphold fair, honest and
    accessible elections,’ said Miller. ‘The crosscheck program helps Nevada continue to maintain
    clean voter rolls by removing duplicate names.'”

    https://www.kssos.org/other/news_releases/PR_2013/NR_2013-08-29_Nevada_25th_in_Interstate_Crosscheck.pdf

    As an aside it was dumb of Miller to join the Crosscheck program, since it’s mostly duplicative of a legitimate program (the ERIC one the article mentions), except with a lot more inaccuracies to throw brown people off the rolls. But of course “Democrats enable Republicans to do bad stuff” is not a new story.

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