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Today is a great day to register to vote.

By: - September 28, 2021 12:13 pm
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This dog wants all eligible Nevadans to register to vote. (Photo by NextGen Nevada/Facebook)

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday backed by the country’s most prominent election officials and groups.

Census data from 2020 suggests that as many as one in four eligible Americans are not registered to vote, according to organizers of National Voter Registration Day. For residents in states with more restrictive voting policies, that can lead to people missing registration deadlines and being unable to cast a ballot in their local, state and national elections.

Nevada is considered progressive in its election policies. Nevada has automatic voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles, automatically restores voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, and allows same-day voter registration.

Still, election officials recommend not putting off registering to vote if you are newly eligible and, if you are already registered, making sure your information stays up-to-date.

To register to vote in Nevada, a person must be a United States citizen, be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day and have resided in their Nevada county for at least 30 days. Individuals may register to vote online at RegisterToVote.NV.gov, at their county clerk or registrar of voters’ office and at various social service agencies.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, in alignment with the National Association of Secretaries of State, declared September Voter Registration Month, calling it “a time to promote the various means available for eligible Nevadans to register to vote.”

“Voting is a right and privilege given to United States citizens that should not be taken for granted,” the Republican elected official continued. “Nevadans need to take the opportunity to make their voices heard by electing local, state, and federal officials through the process of voting.”

Other elected officials, from both sides of the aisle, came out with statements or proclamations Tuesday encouraging people to register or update their voter registration.

Currently, more than 1.8 million people are active registered to vote in Nevada. Of them:

  • 650,251 are Democrats (34.78%);
  • 568,279 are Republicans (30.40%);
  • 494,306 are Nonpartisan (26.44%);
  • 84,272 are members of the Independent American Party (4.51%);
  • 18,134 are members of the Libertarian Party of Nevada (0.97%); and
  • 54,365 are members of other minor political parties (2.91%)

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April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and two mutts.

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