Posts Tagged ‘Carson City’

Start Of Early Voting Sees Heavy Turnout In Capital

By Sean Whaley | 10:51 am October 20th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Scores of people waited in line at the county courthouse here this morning to become some of the first of more than 1.2 million registered voters statewide to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 general election.

Election volunteer Cookie Callahan, left, waits to take completed ballots during early voting at the Carson City Courthouse today. / Photo: Nevada News Bureau.

Early voting starts today and runs through Friday, Nov. 2.

“We anticipate about 75 percent to 80 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the general election, although we are hopeful that turnout might exceed our projections,” Secretary of State Ross Miller said ahead of today’s voting kickoff.

Early voting poll locations are posted in the “Election Center” on the Secretary of State’s website,, or accessible by clicking here.

Voters line up in Carson City on the first day of early voting. / Photo: Nevada News Bureau.

The Secretary of State’s office will post voter turnout statistics, including county and political party breakdowns, to the website daily beginning Monday, Oct. 22.

Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Nevada Appeal  he expects well over half of the community’s 29,000 registered voters to cast ballots during the early-voting process.

Online Voter Registration Expands To Carson City, Now In 16 Counties

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 12:19 pm September 5th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Capital city residents can now register to vote and make changes to their current voter registration profile through and, the online system on Secretary of State Ross Miller’s website.

The Secretary of State Elections Division and the Carson City Clerk collaborated on the project that allows all voters to have electronic access to their information. To use the online system, citizens need to be at least 18 years old and have a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver’s license or DMV-issued identification card. The application process pulls the signature on file with the DMV and applies it to the voter’s registration record, which will then be used for identification for all future elections.

Registered voters can access their voting information at by entering their first and last names, date of birth, and driver’s license number or social security number. From there, they can update their address or change their party affiliation without completing a paper application and submitting it to the Carson City Clerk.

Online voter registration is currently available to residents with DMV-issued identification in all counties but Douglas, which will be brought online this month. The Secretary of State’s office launched a voter registration application on Facebook last week available at

Eligible voters who are presently registered in another Nevada county but living in Carson City may now register with the online voter system, which is federally funded by the Help America Vote Act.

Residents have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 to register by mail or online to vote in the November 6 general election.

Judge Russell’s Redistricting Order

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:19 am September 22nd, 2011

Here’s the just-issued order from a Carson City court room:



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Ethics Questions Arise in Judge Russell’s Special Election Ruling

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:26 pm August 3rd, 2011

Should Carson City Judge and special election “ballot royale” squasher James Todd Russell have disclosed the fact that he co-owns land with Republican candidate Mark Amodei?

Judicial ethics rules do state that judges should avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Ralston’s got the full scoop including remarks Russell made to the Reno Gazette-Journal‘s Ray Hagar and the judicial canons that apply.

In a nutshell, Russell did not disclose that he and Amodei own a mining claim worth about $500, even though Amodei was (1) the chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, which was the plaintiff in the lawsuit before Russell concerning special election rules and (2) a candidate who would benefit (or not) from Russell’s ruling.

As it turned out, Russell ruled that the Republican and Democratic Party central committees would nominate the candidates, so Amodei did benefit. The Nevada Supreme Court later upheld Russell’s ruling.

Russell claims he did not know whether Amodei was running (I guess he was the only person in the state who hadn’t yet heard the news), and that Amodei himself was not a party to the lawsuit (i.e. that the Party was the party).

Even so, as Ralston wrote:

…Russell’s strange ethics taint the process and raise questions about his lack of disclosure and relationship with Amodei.


Nevadans Outline Stakes As Legislature Plans New Political Districts

By Andrew Doughman | 4:00 am April 3rd, 2011

CARSON CITY – The budget is not the only thing legislators are cutting this session.

Far from the budget tug-o-war that snags newspaper headlines, legislators this session must kingmaker carve the boundaries of congressional, senate and assembly districts that will remain for the next ten years, or the next five budget cycles.

Along the way, legislators have culled public opinion through several hours of hearings throughout the state. The overarching message from the people of Fallon, Reno, Carson City and Las Vegas is this: align communities with political districts.

In Las Vegas, representatives from several community groups stressed the need to keep the city’s various minority groups together.

The mayor of Mesquite submitted a letter asking legislators to unite Mesquite in one district. The city is currently split into different districts.

Several residents of Fallon asked legislators to preserve the rural flavor of their current districts. They asked legislators not to draw districts that would leave rural counties subsumed beneath larger voter majorities in Clark and Washoe counties.

“Where do we end up as far as the rural counties are concerned? Is most of our representation going to Washoe County?” asked Bob Johnston of Fallon.

One Person, One Vote

Johnston’s concerns arise from a shrinking rural population.

Nevada was the fastest-growing state in the nation during the past 10 years. The population hit 2.7 million, enough to give Nevada another Congressional seat.

Since much of the growth occurred in Clark County – almost three of every four Nevadans now live in Clark County – Northern Nevada stands to lose one state Senate seat to the south, as well as one or two Assembly seats.

Clark County already boasts 14 of the 21 total Senate seats and 29 of 42 total Assembly seats.

These calculations set the size for a district.

Rules For Redistricting

After that, a variety of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and federal laws also govern how the Legislature must draw its districts.

For instance, legislators must make districts as contiguous and compact as possible while also preserving “communities of interest.

These are communities that would benefit from having a reasonable chance to elect a representative who understands their issues.

This could be a rural community whose legislator may know about water rights and ranching.

Or a community of interest could be a Hispanic neighborhood in Las Vegas that would benefit from having a legislator who understands challenges specific to Hispanics.

Generally, legislators want to avoid “cracking” these communities in two, or “packing” them into one small district.

There are, of course, also political factors like protecting incumbents and drawing districts with certain candidates in mind. Testifying in Las Vegas, Ellen Spiegel, a former legislator, asked for the preservation of districts that have elected female legislators. Andrew Murphy, representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, noted that no district currently elects an Asian.

This combination of mathematics, geography, law and politics is enough to make anybody’s head spin.

“We hear words like ‘cracking, stacking and packing’ and understand that redistricting is a complicated process,” said Teresa Navarro, chairwoman of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, at a redistricting hearing in Reno.

Legislators have finished gathering public opinion about the districts. Now they will retreat to the Legislature, where they will draw maps at least partially based on the opinions they gathered in the field.

That is the idea, anyway.

Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said that the Legislature will hold some type of hearing after they release their maps.

In the cynic’s corner, others are unsure.

“Does it really matter?” asked Charlene Bybee at the Reno hearing. “Or is it something that you do because you have to and it is more of a show that you’re not going to consider sincerely when you’re making your decision?”









Thousands Expected Today For Huge Rally For Revenue At Legislature

By Andrew Doughman | 12:01 am March 21st, 2011

CARSON CITY – In what could be the largest rally ever held at the Legislature, more than 1,000 students, parents, teachers and activists are expected today to protest education budget cuts.

Hundreds from Las Vegas have hopped aboard a convoy of buses to join their northern counterparts in making a call for more revenue – read: tax increases – to bridge Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed $160 million cuts to the higher education budget.

Organizers say they hope their rally will spark a shift in the debate at the Legislature, where lawmakers have yet to advance any public plans for new revenue.

“I hope these politicians will change their tone,” said Michael Flores, an organizer for Progress Now Nevada. “In Carson, there’s a different atmosphere. They beat around the bush a lot …people feel that, you know what, we have got to get on the ball with this.”

Casey Stiteler, who coordinates the UNR student body’s governmental affairs said the key message is mitigating both cuts and tuition increases.

“We understand very much that a number of important, vital services are being cut as well, but we want to make sure our concerns are being taken in account as these decisions are being made,” Stiteler said.

University presidents have already drafted tentative plans for tuition increases between 10 and 15 percent. They may use a combination of tuition increases, faculty and staff pay cuts, program cuts and reduced course offerings to balance their budgets.

Students have said before that this plan is unacceptable. If their numbers alone do not send that message, then at the very least the UNR pep band playing outside the Legislature should grab some ears.

And it is not just students from universities who are showing up.

Leo Murrieta of the Nevada Youth Coalition has recruited about 150 high school students. He has talked to hundreds of parents and obtained excused absences from school so that students can get a real-life civics lesson.

“The overall response was this is more important, this is something my kid should partake in,” said Murrieta, who has spent most of his recent evenings organizing the trip.

Rally Has Been Months In The Making

Sara Sinnett, a 19-year-old UNR student, texts students Sunday afternoon to remind them about the March 21 rally at the Legislature, which is expected to draw thousands.

All of these groups – K-12, higher education and progressive organizations – have not exactly had problems recruiting for the rally.

People are fed up.

Previous legislative town hall events have been packed with Nevadans upset about the governor’s proposed cuts.

So how, exactly, does that anger translate into action?

Student and community leaders have been planning the rally since January. They have made phone calls, spoke in classrooms and held events to spread the word. They even allotted student fees to rent buses; UNLV used $15,000 to rent buses for the overnight haul from Las Vegas to Carson City, an expense the UNLV College Republicans have called unnecessary and “wasteful.”

Sara Sinnett, a 19-year-old psychology major at the University of Nevada, Reno, spent hours Sunday afternoon sending reminders to students to get on the Carson City-bound buses come Monday morning.

While she has spent countless hours phone banking and speaking in front of her classes about the March 21 event, she said the old shoe-and-leather approach has not been the most effective.

“The best way we’ve found out to do this is Facebook,” she said. “We’ve also done things like text message campaigns.”

In Las Vegas, Flores has prepped for the rally for weeks. Much of his work has been through text messages and Facebook.

“A lot of people don’t pick up the newspaper anymore, so you put that [news story] on Facebook and that’s how people get fired up about this,” he said.

Whatever the medium, the message got out. But it did not happen overnight.

How much time does it take to coordinate hundreds of people statewide?

“Well, I don’t sleep anymore,” Flores said.








Smooth Stylings from Harry Reid’s Magic Bus Tour

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:00 pm April 7th, 2010

Every day I get in the queue (Too much, the Magic Bus)

To get on the bus that takes me to you (Too much, the Magic Bus)

. . .

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it …

. . .

Geoff Dornan at the Nevada Appeal has a good write-up on Harry Reid’s Carson City stop on yesterday’s leg of a 3-day campaign bus tour.  Here are a few snippets:

Sen. Harry Reid made it clear Tuesday he believes he can and will win in November despite polls showing him trailing his major Republican competitors.

“If the election were held today, I’d win,” he said during an interview on his rural tour bus between stops in Minden and Carson City.

That quote set off a flurry of Tweets by Nevada media types. Here are a few:

Ralston — Reid: “If the election were held today, I’d win.” Sometimes he says goofy or intemperate stuff. Rarely flat-out false.

Ralston — Even most ardent Reid backer does not believe he would win 2day. Are other ballot choices threat to GOP? Of course. But not today. #reidisms

Sebelius — @RalstonFlash You know, Einstein theorized there were other dimensions. Perhaps Reid was talking about winning in one of them, not our own?

Me — @RalstonFlash @SteveSebelius You guys are so mean. Poor Harry can’t even enjoy a little (ok, a lot of) wishful thinking on his own bus tour.

Ralston — @stevesebelius @elizcrum Bus tour euphoria/alternate dimension theories possible. My guess: Reid believes it because he has to. #notdeadyet

Reid also had a quip about his chances due to the general election ballot being so laden with candidates (eight:  Reid, the GOP primary winner, four independents, an IAP candidate and the Tea Party candidate):

“Do the math.”

Does one bus tour plus a determined (deluded?) Senator plus the cross-chatter of seven other candidates (and their followers) equal a Reid victory?

Who can say?

Sec of State Lists One Candidate Challenge, Four Withdrawals and a Pending Petition

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:30 pm March 30th, 2010

The Nevada Secretary of State said his office received one challenge to a candidacy prior to the March 29 deadline. Mark E. Hunt of Lyon County filed documents on March 23 challenging State Board of Education District 10 candidate Gordon Cornell’s qualifications, claiming Cornell doesn’t live in District 10. (Hunt also withdrew his own candidacy for the seat.)  The challenge will be turned over to the Attorney General’s office for resolution.

The Secretary of State also confirmed his office is a co-defendant in a petition filed by Independent American Party candidate Tim Fasano who is seeking to disqualify Scott Ashjian from running for the U.S. Senate as a “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate. A hearing is scheduled in the First Judicial Court in Carson City on April 14.

Four candidates who had filed with the Secretary of State’s office formally withdrew their candidacy prior to the March 23 deadline. Republican Sherry Brooks of Reno and Democrat Roy A. Woofter of Las Vegas both withdrew from the race for U.S. Senate.  Twelve Republicans and four Democrats now remain in that primary race. One Independent American Party candidate and four Non-Partisan candidates will appear on the general election ballot. And, of course, the courts will determine whether Tea Party of Nevada candidate Ashjian is on the general election ballot.

In other races, Democrat Robert Potter of Carson City withdrew from the state legislative race in the Capital Senatorial District and Mark E. Hunt of Dayton withdrew from the race for the non-partisan State Board of Education District 10 seat.

Lobbyists Ready to Head to Carson City

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:12 pm February 15th, 2010

Steve Sebelius has some commentary and The List of lobbyists heading to Carson City for the special session next week, including this snippet:

Oh, and David Schwartz of the Marijuana Policy Project and Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws will be in the house, too, asking lawmakers staring at huge deficits, “Now can we please legalize and tax pot?”

Figured Dave would be up there. Have a call in to his office to see how things are going for him/them.