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Secretary of State Launches Voter Registration Facebook App

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 10:21 am August 31st, 2012

CARSON CITY – As one of only 10 states that offer online voter registration, Nevada is now the second state in the nation to provide a voter registration Facebook application for its residents.

The app is available on the Secretary of State’s fan page at www.facebook.com/NVSOS, or directly at apps.facebook.com/nvsosnova.

The Secretary of State’s IT Division created the secure and convenient application with the intent of capturing unregistered voters on the world’s largest social network. The app provides one-click access to the online voter registration system without the user ever leaving Facebook. The Elections Division estimates that approximately 680,000 eligible Nevadans are unregistered to vote.

Secretary of State Ross Miller.

“By making voter registration accessible on a network that reaches nearly one billion people, my office hopes to capture a segment of the population that is Internet-savvy but hasn’t registered to vote yet,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Through shares and ‘likes,’ users can reach out to their friends and family to utilize the online voter registration application so they have a voice in the November 6 general election.”

The application is available on the Secretary of State’s Facebook fan page and Ross Miller’s Facebook fan page. Facebook is not collecting information submitted by app users.

Online voter registration is currently available to residents with DMV-issued identification in all counties except Carson City and Douglas, which will be online prior to the October 6 registration deadline.

To utilize 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.

Secretary Of State Promotes Social Media Voter Awareness Campaign As Registration Deadline Looms

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 1:10 pm May 7th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Secretary of State Ross Miller today announced a social media awareness campaign to encourage Nevadans to register to vote ahead of the June 12 primary election.

“While many of you are registered voters, we all know someone who hasn’t updated his or her address after moving residences or completed a voter registration card after moving to the state,” Miller said. “You can remind them that there is still time to register to vote or update their information for the June 12 primary election.”

Miller is asking Nevadans to join him in promoting the voter awareness campaign.

“It only takes a few seconds to update your Facebook status or tweet about it,” he said. “You can make the social media campaign a success by spreading the word about this campaign to your employees, members, and social network before May 8. Let’s flood Facebook news feeds and Twitter timelines so everyone is reminded of one of the greatest rights of a democracy – the right to vote.”

Miller has included some sample status updates and tweets that participants can use. The links for Clark County voters are different because residents are able to register to vote online.

Miller said he expects to have online voter registration in all Nevada counties before the general election in November.

In Clark County, participants can use these samples: Facebook: Nevada’s primary election is June 12. I’m registered to vote. Are you? Deadlines: May 12 by mail or electronically, May 22 in person. Register online at www.registertovotenv.gov or check your voter status at www.nvsos.gov/votersearch. Click “share” to remind your friends!

Via Twitter: NV’s primary election is 6/12. I’m registered to vote. Are you? Deadlines: 5/12 by mail, 5/22 in person. www.registertovotenv.gov #VoteNevada Or: NV’s primary election is 6/12. I’m registered to vote. Are you? Check your voter status here: www.nvsos.gov/votersearch #VoteNevada

In all other counties: Facebook: Nevada’s primary election is June 12. I’m registered to vote. Are you? Deadlines: May 12 by mail, May 22 in person. Register or find your voter information from your county registrar here: http://www.nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=81. Click “share” to remind your friends!

Via Twitter: NV’s primary election is 6/12. I’m registered to vote. Are you? Deadlines: 5/12 by mail, 5/22 in person. http://bit.ly/VOTE_NV #VoteNevada

Miller asks that when tweeting, please use the hashtag #VoteNevada so it can become a trending topic on May 8.

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.