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Nevada Voter ID Petition Fails

Las Vegas, NV – Today, the “Our Vote Nevada PAC” failed to file the required number of signatures (101,667) to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. “Our Vote Nevada PAC,” sought to impose a discriminatory, suppressive photographic voter ID requirement on voters in Nevada.  Initially filed on January 29, 2014, the original petition did not include a financial impact statement.

Yvanna Cancela Named 2014 Civil Libertarian of the Year

YvannaCancelaLAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is pleased to announce that Yvanna Cancela has been chosen to receive the 2014 Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award. Cancela is the political director at Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE. The ACLU of Nevada is honoring Cancela for her leadership on immigrants’ rights issues, her work coordinating a statewide campaign in Nevada for comprehensive immigration reform, and for standing up for worker rights.

Judge Throws Out Description of Voter ID Initiative

CARSON CITY, NV – Today, Judge James T. Russell of the First Judicial District of Nevada ruled that petition papers attempting to place a “Voter ID Initiative” on this November’s ballot are legally flawed and must be rewritten. The ruling came in a lawsuit, Rosati et al. v. Our Vote Nevada PAC, filed on February 20, 2014, by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee).

ACLU of Nevada Praises Washoe County’s Decision to Keep Early Voting Open on Sundays

RENO, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada commends today’s decision of the Washoe County Commissioners and the Washoe County Manager to keep polling places open for the entire 14 days of early voting for the upcoming primary election.

ACLU of Nevada Lawsuit Leads Nevada Prison Board to Adopt Nation-Leading Policies Protecting Pregnant Inmates

CARSON CITY, NV – This morning, March 18, 2014, the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners adopted new regulations (pdf) restricting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates and allowing inmates who have recently delivered babies to use a breast pump.

ACLU of Nevada Legal Director Testifies on Patient Dumping before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Staci Pratt, Legal Director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, testified this morning in front of the United States Commission on Civil Rights on patient dumping by hospitals. The Commission looked specifically at the treatment and care of patients with a psychiatric disability.

March 6: Panel Discussion on School Funding Fairness in Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV – A panel discussion on Thursday, March 6 will discuss a new national report released by the Education Law Center that examines the fairness of education funding across the country. The report, released on February 5, 2014, looks at whether a state’s education funding system ensures equal education opportunity and accounts for needs generated by student poverty. Nevada’s education funding scheme was found to be the most regressive in the country.

National Solitary Confinement Experts to Address the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice

LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is hosting two prominent, national experts on solitary confinement, Martin Horn and Dr. Terry Kupers. On Wednesday, March 5, Horn and Kupers will speak at the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ) meeting to emphasize the importance of collecting information on Nevada’s use of solitary confinement in an interim study about detention and incarceration in Nevada.

ACLU of Nevada and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights File Challenge to Voter ID Initiative

CARSON CITY, NV – On Thursday, February 20, 2014 the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) filed a challenge to the “Voter ID Initiative,” a measure which seeks to amend the Nevada Constitution to require voters to present photographic proof of identity before casting a ballot. The lawsuit, Rosati, et al. v. Our Vote Nevada PAC, was filed in the First Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada.

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