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.

The announcement follows a proposal from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters to reduce the days of early voting for the upcoming primary election and close polling locations on Sundays. The ACLU of Nevada and allied groups opposed the proposal to eliminate Sundays from early voting.

“We applaud Washoe County for recognizing the importance of keeping early voting open on Sundays. Voting is a fundamental right and protecting voter participation is essential to a healthy democracy, ” said Vanessa Spinazola, ACLU of Nevada Legislative and Advocacy Director.

“Early voting allows more people to participate in our democracy, and weekend voting is necessary for many hardworking Nevadans. Weekends are especially important days for voting drives, including for communities of faith,” said Tod Story, ACLU of Nevada Executive Director.

All registered voters in Washoe County will now be able to cast their ballot for 14 consecutive and uninterrupted days of early voting. Early voting for the primary election beings on May 24, 2014 and ends on June 6, 2014.

Under current Nevada law, each county's Registrar of Voters in each county has the power to decide whether to open polls on Sundays for early voting. Washoe County was the only county in Nevada to propose eliminating Sundays from early voting.

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