Posts Tagged ‘online’

Nevada Secretary Of State Says Overseas Voters Benefitting From New Technology

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 1:46 pm September 22nd, 2010

CARSON CITY – With less than four weeks to go before early voting begins for the Nov. 2 general election, military and civilian voters located overseas are already taking advantage of a new online system that verifies their marked ballots have been received by local election officials.

Secretary of State Ross Miller partnered with the Nevada Office of Veteran’s Services to get state legislation passed in 2009 that allows certain residents of the state to register to vote and request absentee ballots by fax or by email.

Once downloaded, completed, and scanned, the ballots can also be returned electronically. The legislation was pursued after a national study found that a high percentage of absentee ballots sent by mail from military and civilian voters overseas were not received in time to be counted.

Congress subsequently adopted similar legislation that also includes a requirement that states provide a mechanism to allow voters to verify their marked absentee ballots have been received. The provisions apply to all uniformed voters and civilian voters who are overseas at election time.

Uniformed and overseas voters can now go to the Election Center and use My Voter File to verify that their ballot has been received by their local election official.

“This is another in a series of efforts by my office to make sure all Nevadans who are serving their country outside of their home state can access the electoral process regardless of where they are at election time,” Miller said. “It’s inexcusable in this technological age to let anyone’s vote go uncounted because of distance and I’m very pleased to hear that many Nevadans away from home are already taking advantage of this new tool.”

Local elections officials began mailing, faxing, and emailing absentee ballots to uniformed and overseas civilians voters last week. The deadline for all Nevadans to register to vote electronically or by mail is Oct. 2. The deadline to register in person at a county clerk or registrar’s office is Oct. 12.

Early voting begins Oct. 16.

Secretary of State Ross Miller to File His Campaign Contribution And Expense Report Early

By Sean Whaley | 2:02 pm September 14th, 2010

CARSON CITY – In an effort to convince his fellow elected officials that filing campaign contribution and expenditure reports online and before early voting is not too onerous for candidates, Secretary of State Ross Miller said he will do so voluntarily in advance of the Nov. 2 general election.

Miller has submitted a bill draft request for consideration by the 2011 Legislature to move the filing dates of the reports up so the information would be available to residents before they vote. Miller, who sought similar legislation without success in 2009, also wants the reports filed electronically so voters and others can search the information more easily.

Currently many of the reports are handwritten and they are not searchable.

Miller, who is running for a second term as secretary of state, said he will use himself as an example on how following his proposed legislation will not cause any great inconvenience or  create any great disadvantage for candidates.

So 21 days before the Nov. 2 general election, Miller said he will electronically file his campaign contribution and expenditure report online for the public to review. In keeping with his proposed legislation, Miller will also file a report four days before the general election detailing any contributions received by his campaign in excess of $1,000 after the initial report filing.

“Transparency in campaign finance is always one of our biggest priorities and we’re always ranked near the bottom if not the worst in terms of the disclosure that we have in place,” he said.

Miller said one of the objections raised to the proposal in 2009 by some lawmakers was that the online filing was too onerous for some candidates.

“In order to try to rebut that claim, I’m going to go ahead and comply with the proposed statute this election cycle,” he said. “Hopefully it will establish that it really isn’t that difficult.”

The way the law reads now, the reports are not due until Oct. 26, seven days before the general election, and they can be mailed in, meaning they may not be available on the secretary of state’s website until just a day or two before the election. This existing deadline is also well after early voting has begun. The majority of people now vote early, Miller said.

Early voting in the upcoming general election begins Oct. 16.

Miller’s proposal is one of several related to the filing of campaign contribution and expense reports that will be considered by the Legislature next year.

Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, said Democrats will seek a change to the law requiring the filing of every financial contribution, including the amount and name of donor, online within 72 hours of receipt by the candidate.

“We’re open to reaching some sort of compromise,” Miller said. “The most important component of the legislation is to make sure the reports are filed electronically.”

The way it is now, with a 100-page handwritten report on the internet, is not helpful to voters, he said.

Assemblyman Joe Hogan, D-Las Vegas, also has submitted a bill draft to move the reporting deadlines to before early voting.

Republican secretary of state candidate Rob Lauer could not immediately be reached for comment on Miller’s proposed legislation. In his response to a transparency questionnaire sent out by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, Lauer initially indicated opposition to the filing of campaign reports so the data can be searched. He subsequently changed his answer to support for the idea.

Independent American Party candidate John Wagner also indicated support for the idea in the NPRI candidate survey.

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Audio clips:

Miller says Nevada ranks low in transparency for campaign reports:

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Miller says the most important component is to make sure the reports are filed electronically:

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Miller says he will file his campaign report early and update it to show the process is not onerous for candidates:

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Snippets from Secetary of State’s Quarterly Biz Report

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:44 pm April 8th, 2010

Don’t you love having an information geek to read all this stuff and provide you with interesting excerpts, Dear Readers?  Here you go:

– The Commercial Recordings Division has issued 111,419 state business licenses since taking over the function Oct. 1 of last year.

Really?  111K?  That surprises me.  And related to that:

The processing time is expected to shorten considerably when several vacant positions in the Secretary of State’s office are filled in the coming weeks.

Because:

Legislators approved funding to reinstate several positions previously subjected to layoffs after Secretary Miller testified during the February special session that budget cuts in his office could results in the “collapse of a significant revenue stream for the state.” Secretary Miller said the reduced level of service the state was providing could drive frustrated businesses out of Nevada. The additional staff will greatly reduce the filing times across the Division and the “hold” times when calling customer service.

I was there covering the special session in Carson City when Miller testified.  It was very exciting.  Ok, not really, but it was interesting.  And this figure was impressive:

– The Commercial Recordings Division is projected to generate over a $100M for the state general fund in the next year.

And:

There were 279,250 entities in good standing at the end of March.  The Division processed 3,627 new entity filings in March, up 17% from the previous month.

And something for which I must give the SOS props:

A new, more user-friendly Business Center is coming soon to www.nvsos.gov. Businesses will find the new site much easier to navigate and find appropriate forms by action and entity type. The new site simplifies the filing of initial, amended, and annual lists of officers, and applying for or renewing a state of Nevada business license.

Services are currently in development for the online filing of domestic corporations and limited liability companies. Like our online Annual List Service, businesses will be able to file their articles of incorporation/organization online, without the delays of a traditional paper filing, and without an additional expedite fee.

And some election info:

Last day to register for primary election — May 18

Last day to request absentee ballot — June 1

Early voting for primary election — May 22 – June 4

Primary Election Day — June 8

You can fill out and print or download the register to vote form right here.

Tarkanian Moneybomb Bombing?

By Elizabeth Crum | 10:41 am March 12th, 2010

Team Tarkanian launched their first attempt at a moneybomb yesterday.

If you don’t know what a moneybomb is, Wikipedia has a pretty good working  definition (slightly edited by me):

A “moneybomb” (aka money bomb, money-bomb and/or fundraising bomb) is a neologism coined in 2007-ish to describe a grassroots fundraising effort over a brief fixed time period, usually to support a candidate for election by dramatically increasing, concentrating and publicizing fundraising activity. The term was first applied to a supporter-led fundraiser on behalf of presidential candidate Ron Paul; the Mercury News then described a moneybomb as being “a one-day fundraising frenzy”. The effort combines traditional and Internet-based fundraising appeals focusing especially on viral advertising through online vehicles such as YouTube, Myspace, Meetup, Twitter and other online forums.

The most recent major (successful) moneybomb was orchestrated by Scott Brown who held a 24-hour online fundraiser beginning at midnight EST on Monday, January 11, 2010 with a goal of raising $500,000. The Republican candidate was able to reach that financial milestone a little past 4pm EST that day and by the end of the day had successfully raised over $1 million, more then twice the original goal. (His campaign office later stated it raised $5 million over the period from January 11–15, much of it from online marketing efforts and donations.)

As for Tark’s moneybomb?  Just $4K against their $24K goal, so far.

PPP Advice to Tea Party Candidates: You Need Money (and to avoid the “kook” label)

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:23 pm March 2nd, 2010

Public Policy Polling has a blog post on a floundering Tea Party candidate in Texas, followed by general comments (emphasis mine):

Unless there’s been a big shift in the final week of the campaign in Texas it appears that Debra Medina will fall well short of making a Republican runoff.

A 20% performance for Medina would still be impressive, given the two political titans she’s facing off against. But her lack of sustained momentum after peaking at 24% in our polling three weeks ago will also show several limitations of the ‘Tea Party’ movement:

1) Just as we saw with Patrick Hughes in Illinois, if you can’t compete with the big boys financially, you can’t compete with the big boys, period. Perry and Hutchison have had the funds to saturate the airwaves and Medina hasn’t, and that’s why her name recognition was still under 50% on our final poll of the Texas race. These Republican insurgents may not need a ton of money to make some noise, but they do need a ton of money to actually win anything. Without the interference of the Club for Growth or some similarly deep pocketed group Medina never had a chance.

2) Republican voters may be more open to candidates from outside the mainstream of their party this year but there’s a limitation to how far outside the mainstream you can be and still hope to get some traction. 79% of Texas Republicans have a favorable opinion of George W. Bush. So Medina made a big mistake by allowing the perception to be created that Bush’s administration may have had something to do with 9/11. Tea Party candidates need to be able to avoid the ‘kook’ label if they’re going to be successful - it will be interesting in Kentucky to see if some of Rand Paul’s past statements end up really hurting him the way Medina’s did her.

For all the hype about the Tea Party movement I think it’s entirely possible Marco Rubio will end up being the only candidate associated with it to win a major primary this year – that will certainly be the case if its folks don’t start raising more money.

I think PPP is mostly right, with this exception/addition:  Tea Party candidates can raise gobs of money online if they run in the “right” races and energize the conservative blogosphere and Twittersphere as now-Senator Scott Brown did.  By establishing himself as a Tea Party guy (who has since turned out to be a Massachusetts moderate – oops!) Brown raised $12 million online in the last two weeks of his campaign, much of it via “money bombs” (i.e., fundraising links sent out en masse via Twitter and conservative/Tea Party blogs and mailing lists).  This influx of funds was less about Brown and his little tan pick-up truck than the conservatives/Tea Partiers salivating at the thought of taking Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, but the point is:  Brown established himself as the Man of the Hour and the online donations poured in from around the country.

Come October, I think the Harry Reid race could be another Money Bomb Central.  Harry is despised by the conservative/Tea Party peeps even more than Teddy was.  They will be rabid to defeat him.  Whether they will split asunder (Lowden? Tarkanian? Angle?) or line up behind one candidate in the primary and then in the general (Republican or Tea Party candidate?) will be very interesting to see.

Which reminds me:

Tea Party of Nevada candidate Jon Scott Ashjian…  When are you going to file, sir?!