Undercurrent

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

By: - October 15, 2018 3:59 pm
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.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson 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 author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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