Voting Rights/Elections and Government

2018 — Primaries Matter……a lot!!

Because of changes the Legislature made several years ago now when only two candidates are running and both are from the same party the Primary Election serves as the the deciding election. Thus in Douglas County District 2 since there are only two candidates for commissioner and both are Republicans, the winner of the primary will be the new Commissioner and anyone who is not a registered Republican gets no chance to vote for this office at all! In District 4 there are two Republicans and an independent candidate so the winner of the Republican primary will face the independent in the General Election.

In the sheriff’s election, which is non-partisan, if any candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, that candidate will be declared the winner. If no one receives more than 50% then the top two vote getters will face each other in the General Election. Thus, if one of the 4 sheriff candidates receives more than 50% of the vote in the Primary Election then anyone who did not vote in the Primary Election gets no chance to vote for sheriff!

**Between Nevada Legislative Sessions**

Those concerned about Voting Rights/Elections and Government issues keep an eye on relevant activities and legislation at the local, state, and national levels and update relevant media links. We will post an alert if critical issues come before our elected officials and public input is appropriate.

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When the Nevada State Legislature is in session (next session begins February 2019), those concerned about Voting Rights/Elections and Government monitor legislation that affects a variety of issues. In any given session these may include, voter registration, proof of identity, primary election process, campaign contributions. Legislation on these issues usually comes under the purview of the Assembly’s Legislative Operations and Elections committee and the Senate’s Legislative Operations and Elections committee.

During legislative sessions it is our goal to provide an updated Watch List of bills, links to more detailed information about legislation, and Call To Action items. The Watch List and resource links are here. Media links are here.


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