Voting Rights

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. The ACLU of Nevada challenged the original petition’s description of effect (DOE) as insufficient and confusing to voters since it omitted the material consequences of adoption and the associated fiscal burdens on Nevada taxpayers.

Community Early Voting Rally

In April, we almost lost the ability to vote on Sundays in the primary election. Your voices ensured that Washoe County kept the polls open on Sundays, providing every voter an opportunity to participate in our democracy. Let’s celebrate the importance of primary elections and continued access to the ballot!

We’ll meet at 1 p.m. at Northgate park. At 2 p.m. we’ll travel to the nearby Scolari’s to early vote.

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 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.

Volunteer for Non-Partisan Election Protection

The Lawyers Coordinating Committee is conducting non-partisan election protection in Nevada, both on Election Day, November 6, and during early voting. Coordinators are Emily Maglio and Rob Remar, both of Leonard Carder (directing efforts in Clark County) and Matt Gauger and Blythe Mickelson, both of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld (directing efforts in Washoe County).

Trick, Treat, Vote!

Halloween is the time for ghosts, goblins, witches, evil spells, and…voter suppression? ACLU state affiliates across the country are receiving report after report of mishandling of voter registration forms, incorrect information given out to ex-felons on regaining voting rights, voter registrations not being recorded at the voter registrars’ office, changes in days and times for early voting, unreasonable identification requirements, and plain old intimidation tactics. Across the country, the ACLU is involved in legal battles to protect the peoples’ right to vote.

ACLU of Nevada Supports Change to Ward-Only Votes in Reno Council General Elections

RENO, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada supports a change to ward-only voting in general elections for the Reno City Council, a question on Reno residents ballots on November 6.

Under Reno’s current system, city council candidates run in the primary election in geographical wards, but winners of the primaries run citywide in the general election. So council members representing a ward are elected primarily by voters outside their wards, except for the one council seat (out of six) that is an at-large seat.

Going Back in Time

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public ("public accommodations").

Legislators Considering Nevada’s Disfranchisement Laws

CARSON CITY - Assembly Bill 301, which would simplify Nevada’s complex web of current laws on voter disfranchisement, will be considered by members of the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections on Tuesday March 22. Nevada has one of the most severe and complex voter disfranchisement policies in the nation, barring individuals convicted of felonies from voting until they complete their sentences and have their rights restored, a process that varies greatly based on the individual’s type, date and place of convictions.


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