Elections & voting

GOP legislator wants to outlaw vaccine mandates

BY: - September 9, 2021

Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R-Minden), who once said he would vote to reinstate slavery if his constituents wanted, announced Thursday he is looking into drafting legislation to protect unvaccinated individuals from workplace discrimination. The assemblyman, who is running for state Senate, said in a campaign fundraising email he has asked the Legislative Counsel Bureau to look […]

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Ford, 21 AGs tell congressional leaders to guard against voter suppression

BY: - August 2, 2021

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, along with 21 other attorneys general, on Monday sent a letter to bipartisan congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation protecting against both voter suppression and election subversion and possibly reform the filibuster. “Following the 2020 presidential election, we witnessed something many of us considered unthinkable: an attempt by the […]

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Republicans use filibuster to block voting rights bill

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and advance. Democrats […]

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Trump wanted U.S. Supreme Court to order new election in NV, other states

BY: - June 16, 2021

Documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee showed that former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Nevada, to hold new presidential elections and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. On Dec. 29, Trump assistant […]

Gov. Sisolak signs bill to move Nevada to front of presidential primary line

BY: - June 11, 2021

On Friday, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the bill that attempts to give Nevada first-in-the-nation status, ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire, in presidential primaries. Assembly Bill 126 replaces Nevada’s party-run presidential caucuses with state-run primary elections. The bill also establishes the date for Nevada’s presidential primary election as the first Tuesday of February.  But the […]

Dem who masqueraded as Republican seeks to oust Fiore from Council

BY: - June 9, 2021

Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, a liberal activist who last year posed as a conservative to infiltrate the state GOP, is switching things up once again. After planning to challenge Las Vegas City Councilwoman Victoria Seaman in Ward 2, Ashton-Cirillo has announced a move to Ward 6 and a campaign to take on Councilwoman Michele Fiore, who was […]

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Voting rights alone will not save us 

BY: - June 8, 2021

Much has been said and written about voting rights this last year and for good reasons. Vote Nevada, a nonprofit founded by Nevadans for Nevadans, will be contributing to this dialogue over the summer with events focused on our full suite of democracy rights, such as the right to fair representation and the right to […]

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Pushing New Hampshire aside tops a quartet of Nevada election bills

BY: - May 26, 2021

A spate of election bills are moving through the legislative session in its last week. Chief among them is an attempt to make Nevada the first state to hold a presidential primary. The others would make permanent the all-mail ballot system used during elections last year, create a “top-down” centralized voter database, and require ballots […]

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Native American voters are counting on the Legislature to increase access

BY: - May 3, 2021

After years of voter suppression and ignoring voting accessibility issues in tribal communities, who is thinking of uplifting the voices of Native American voters? This legislative session has made the answer very clear: Speaker Jason Frierson and the Assembly Democratic Caucus. The history of voting rights for Native Americans is fraught with voter suppression at […]

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Anti-gerrymandering proposal finds new backer in NV Leg

BY: - January 15, 2021

A failed petition initiative aimed at curbing partisan gerrymandering will find new life during the upcoming legislative session. Republican state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer plans to introduce a resolution to amend the Nevada Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission. The language is expected to mirror a citizen-driven initiative that failed to gather enough signatures to […]

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Who wants to draw some legislative districts?

BY: - October 21, 2020

Nevadans next year are expected to have the opportunity to attempt for themselves the complicated task of redrawing political districts, with the possibility of submitting their proposed maps to lawmakers for consideration. Lawmakers approved funding for the software earlier this year, but on Tuesday they heard more about how it might be used by the […]

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Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]