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Active Voters Increase To Nearly 1.3 Million

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 3:16 pm December 3rd, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nearly 1.3 million Nevadans are registered as active voters as of the end of November, the Secretary of State’s office said today.

The increase of more than 41,000 active voters since the close of registration for the general election was due in large part to the number of inactive voters who cast ballots on Nov. 6 and automatically became active voters according to federal and state law.

Photo courtesy of Joebeone via Wikimedia Commons.

Of the 1,299,126 active registrants statewide, 42.1 percent (546,903) are Democrats, 34.4 percent (447,406) are Republicans, 17.5 percent (227,151) are non-partisans, 4.7 percent (60,590) are members of the Independent American Party, and the remaining 1.3 percent (17,076) are members of the Libertarian or other minor parties.

At the close of registration on Oct. 16 for the general election, 1,257,621 Nevadans were active registered voters.

Secretary of State Wants Voter Photos At Polls

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 4:16 pm November 27th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Secretary of State Ross Miller announced today he is seeking legislation in the 2013 session aimed at curbing the potential for voter fraud by including photographs of registered voters at polling places on election day.

Miller said today his proposal is not a voter identification measure. Instead it would be an upgrade to the current antiquated paper roster system by implementing electronic voter rosters with the enhanced feature of a photograph of each registered voter.

Secretary of State Ross Miller.

The requirement of a photograph in the new electronic roster would prevent ineligible voters from impersonating other, eligible voters at a polling place, Miller said. The proposed law, which is currently being drafted, will seek to import existing photographs of eligible voters from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database of drivers’ licenses and state identification cards.

The photographs would be part of a new “electronic poll book” as an adjunct to the existing poll books that currently use signatures for identifying voters. When photographs of the eligible voters are not available through the database, poll workers would be available to take photos at the polling place at the time of voting and verify their identity by way of an affidavit.

Voter ID laws have been passed in other states, but have frequently led to court challenges. Nevada does not now have such a law.

Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, proposed a voter ID law in the 2011 legislative session, but the measure did not win approval from a Senate Committee and died without action.

Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, R-Henderson, has submitted a bill draft request for a voter identification law for the 2013 session.

“This provides a significant safeguard in our election process while simultaneously ensuring that we don’t disenfranchise any voters,” Miller said. “It’s really just an enhancement of the existing system, by providing an electronic poll book that could include a photo to go with the already recorded signature.”

Record Number Of Voters Cast Ballots In Nevada

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 9:08 am November 8th, 2012

CARSON CITY – More than one million voters cast ballots in the 2012 general election, an all-time record high turnout for Nevada, the Secretary of State’s office reported.

Of the 1,257,621 active registered voters, a total of 1,013,195 voters, or 80.56 percent, turned out during early voting and on Election Day. Both the number and percentage of voters exceed the 2008 general when 970,019 voters, or 80.27 percent of active registered voters, cast ballots.

Photo by Tom Arthur via Wikimedia Commons.

“I believe an election like this, with record turnout and minimal problems, creates great momentum for future civic participation,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “It’s been clear for some time that we were headed for a potentially record-breaking turnout. We’ve been preparing for this for quite a while, and I’m proud to see fellow Nevadans participating like this. It’s healthy for the process.”

On Election Day, several commonplace issues arose at the polls, but all were immediately addressed by poll workers and members of the multi-jurisdictional Election Integrity Task Force.

Final race results and a breakdown of voter turnout are posted on the Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting website at www.silverstateelection.com.

County and local races will be canvassed to their respective county commissions by November 15. Statewide races will be canvassed to the Nevada Supreme Court on November 27.

National GOP Group Raises Nevada Voting Machine Concerns

By Sean Whaley | 6:31 pm November 1st, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Republican National Committee said today that there is evidence to suggest that voters in six states, including Nevada, have encountered situations with electronic voting machines recording votes for President Obama when Mitt Romney was selected instead.

The RNC in a letter asked election officials in each state to recalibrate all voting machines on the morning of election day to ensure there are no problems with the machines.

“I further understand that the causes of this problem are varied, and include miscalibration and hyper-sensitivity of the machines,” said the letter signed by John R. Phillippe, Jr., chief counsel to the RNC.

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller wasted no time in responding to the concerns, saying in his own letter that Phillippe, “fails to provide any direct evidence that any particular voter in Nevada experienced any ‘errors’ with their voting machine or any details which could be used to open an investigation, including the names or contact information of any particular voter or polling location where ‘errors’ have been reported in Nevada . . .”

Secretary of State Ross Miller.

Similar claims of electronic voting machine errors were made by a handful of voters in Nevada in 2010 in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Harry Reid and GOP challenger Sharron Angle, but no evidence of any errors was found. Reid defeated Angle in the race.

Miller said the 2010 complaints were investigated with the assistance of the FBI and the Nevada Attorney General’s office, and concluded that claims of malfunctioning voter machines were without merit.

Other states cited in the RNC letter are Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri and Colorado.

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, www.nvsos.gov, 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.

More Than 1.2 Million Registered In Nevada For General Election

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:21 pm October 19th, 2012

CARSON CITY – More than 1.2 million Nevadans are registered as active voters for the Nov. 6 general election as of the close of the registration Oct. 16, the Secretary of State’s office reported today.

Numbers released today by Secretary of State Ross Miller’s Elections Division show that Democrats registered nearly twice as many voters than Republicans since the end of September.

Photo courtesy of Joebeone via Wikimedia Commons.

Of the 1,257,621 active registered voters statewide, 41.9 percent (526,986) are Democrats, 34.7 percent (436,799) are Republicans, 17.4 percent (219,299) are non-partisans, 4.6 percent (58,130) are members of the Independent American Party, and the remaining 1.3 percent (16,407) are members of the Green, Libertarian, or other minor parties.

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 16, the number of active registered voters increased by 70,383. Democrats registered 33,380 active voters, while Republicans registered 14,754 active voters. Active registered non-partisans increased by 17,118 during the same time period.

The total number of active registered voters at the close of registration for the 2012 general election is up by 138,045 compared to the 2010 general election close-of-registration figures, and up by 49,860 compared to the 2008 general election close-of-registration figures.

This is the first election cycle where all 17 counties have had access to the online voter registration system. Since the May 22 registration deadline for the primary election, 41,471 Nevada residents registered to vote online.

“Our outreach efforts and the statewide availability of online voter registration are clearly encouraging and allowing Nevadans to participate in the democratic process,” Miller said. “Now they can use their status as registered voters to cast the ballots during early voting or on Election Day.”

Early voting in Nevada begins tomorrow and runs through Nov. 2. Early voting locations in all counties are available at www.nvsos.gov or by clicking here.

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. To receive an email notification as soon as the statistics are updated, sign up for “Early Vote Reports” here.

Nevada Secretary Of State Seeks More Campaign Disclosure, Restrictions In Proposed ‘Aurora Act’

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 4:47 pm October 2nd, 2012

CARSON CITY – Increased financial disclosure, greater restrictions on contributions and gifts, and tougher penalties for campaign violations are the goals of new legislation for the 2013 Legislature detailed today by Secretary of State Ross Miller.

The “Aurora Act,” named for the new campaign contribution and expense search function now available at the Secretary of State’s website, includes language that would mandate near real time reporting of large dollar campaign contributions and expenses, further define the prohibition on personal use of campaign funds and significantly restrict the ability of candidates and public officials to receive “gifts” from donors who may pose a conflict of interest.

Secretary of State Ross Miller.

The proposed legislation also includes provisions to allow the Secretary of State’s office to seek injunctive relief to order individuals or groups to file campaign finance reports, and substantially increased penalties for violations.

Miller said the campaign reform measures passed in the 2011 legislative session were the most comprehensive in Nevada history.

“We’ve made progress in increasing transparency and accountability in recent sessions, but we can clearly do more and do better,” he said. “I believe that we will have an initial coalition of lawmakers that can make this happen. If we want meaningful reform to occur, we need to call on all candidates and elected officials to support the ‘Aurora Act.’ We’ve all heard the lip service to this issue, but I believe that with the public’s help, we can get enough support from both sides of the aisle to bring much needed sunshine to this state.”

Initial support for Miller’s “Aurora Act” has been expressed by Assemblymen Marcus Conklin, D-Las Vegas, and Pat Hickey, R-Reno, and by former state Sen. Sheila Leslie who is the Democratic candidate for Senate District 15 in Reno.

Hickey earlier this year called for his own set of reforms.

Hickey said: “ While there may be more or less added to Secretary Miller’s proposals, there should be widespread bi-partisan support for cleaning up campaigns and the conduct of candidates at all levels.”

Leslie said: “This is an opportunity for lawmakers to step up and give our constituents the information they need to make informed decisions, and to develop a greater level of trust between the people and their public servants.”

Leslie in 2011 proposed legislation that would have required lobbyists to report spending on lawmakers year round, and not just during legislative sessions. The bill died in an Assembly Committee. She requested the same bill for the 2013 session.

Conklin said the proposal could set an important tone for the legislature.

“We want to come away with an increased transparency, and in doing so demonstrate to Nevadans that their lawmakers can work in a bipartisan manner to effect meaningful change,” he said.

Miller’s legislation would require:

- Increased disclosure and transparency into the money being spent in Nevada’s elections by defining “electioneering communication” and “independent expenditure” to clarify who is required to disclose and when they are required to disclose money spent on Nevada candidates by third-party groups.

- Clarifying the term “personal use” to prevent campaign contributions from being used by a candidate for personal use.

- Clarifying that any expenditures made from a candidate or public official’s campaign account must always be reported.

- Requiring public officials and candidates to report their contributions on hand at the beginning of each year so the public will know how much money public officials and candidates are carrying over from year to year. Currently, only the contribution totals received within a calendar year are reported.

- Reporting within 72 hours contributions received or expenses paid in excess of $1,000 to provide the public with more “real time” reporting through an election cycle.

- Clarifying that the Secretary of State may seek injunctive relief for campaign finance violations to ensure that individuals and groups must not only pay a financial penalty but also actually disclose their activity.

- Allowing the Secretary of State to seek in penalties up to three times the amount of money at issue in a reporting violation. This change will give the office more flexibility in seeking penalties that are more in line with the amount of money involved reporting violations.

- Restricting and clarifying laws related to the acceptance of gifts by public officials by better defining “gift” and “restricted donor.” Changes will set forth from whom it is legal to accept gifts, and provide a clear list of examples of gifts that may or may not be accepted and must be disclosed on public reports.

Concerns Cited Over Big Decline In Military Absentee Ballot Requests In Key States, Including Nevada

By Sean Whaley | 12:17 pm October 2nd, 2012

CARSON CITY – A national organization is reporting an alarmingly low number of absentee ballots being requested by members of the military in battleground states around the country – including a 55 percent decline in Nevada – ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

“The number of absentee ballots being requested is shockingly low,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project (MVPP). “While we knew the number of absentee ballots requests would increase as we got closer to the election – and they have – the number being requested is still way too low and indicates that many military members will have their voices silenced on Election Day.”

The group reports a 46 percent decline in absentee ballot requests in Florida this year compared to the 2008 presidential election, a 59 percent decline in North Carolina, and 70 percent declines in Virginia and Ohio.

The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office reports the number of ballots requested by military personnel both within the U.S. and overseas totals 2,210 so far in this election year, a 55 percent reduction over the 4,919 requested in 2008. The number is up from the 1,533 absentee ballots requested in the 2010 mid-term election in Nevada.

The 2,210 requests is also an increase from the 1,750 absentee ballots cited as being requested in Nevada in a report issued by the MVPP on Aug. 27.

UOCAVA numbers in Nevada for 2008, 2010, and 2012 through the MOVE Act deadline:

2008 2010 2012
Military (Domestic/Overseas) 4,919 1,533 2,210
Overseas Citizens 2,562 578 1,510
Other 2 0
Total 7,483 2,140 3,720

The 2012 requests reported by the Secretary of State’s Office are through the 45-day window when ballots had to be mailed. More requests can and should be received by counties.

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said he has been told that it takes a maximum of seven days for an absentee ballot to be delivered to the most remote forward operating base in Afghanistan. And in the case of Nevada, military personnel can vote via email, he said.

“It is the highest priority of the Department of Defense and their military system to get those ballots to the troops,” Miller said. “They process those ballots very quickly.

“I’m confident that we’re going to see a relatively high number of requests coming from our military,” he said. “The outreach seems to be working. We still have a lot of time for them to request their ballots. And I think that’s the critical point here; is that although the numbers are a little bit low right now, there’s still several weeks for the military to request their ballots and I’m confident that they are going to do so.”

One reason for the drop in the number of requests is that the troops serving in Iraq have returned home, and the number of troops serving in Afghanistan have been on the decline, Miller said.

“I’m confident at the end of the day that we’re going to see a high turnout of our military men and women overseas casting ballots,” he said. “The fact remains we simply have fewer military overseas because in 2008 we were fighting active wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and we don’t have that high of numbers of personnel overseas right now.”

Miller’s office reported on Sept. 24 that all Nevada military ballots and ballots to Nevadans covered by the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) were in the mail 45 days in advance of the election as required by the law.

All 17 county clerks and registrars of voters confirmed that all valid requests were transmitted pursuant to applicable state and federal laws. Reports based on rumors that the ballots would not be delivered on time were inaccurate, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.

“The timely mailing of these ballots is critical,” Miller said in announcing last month that the counties met the deadline. “Just more than a week ago I was honored to visit our troops in the Middle East, including the officers and enlisted personnel who manage and oversee the elections process among the troops. We assured them that they’d have the ballots on time so that their votes would count. As the people who are on the front lines of protecting democracy, we owe them that.”

In July of this year, Nevada was named one of just fifteen “all-star states” by the MVPP. The MVPP cited Miller’s proactive approach to military and absentee voting issues including his leadership in Nevada’s passage of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act, and the use of internet technology to allow members of the military to determine whether their ballot has been received and counted.”

Nevada had an issue complying with the MOVE Act in 2010 in Elko County due to the failure of a private vendor to deliver printed ballots on time. But the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) praised Nevada elections officials for working “quickly and cooperatively” to address the delay.

In an Oct. 1 news release, Eversole said the Pentagon and its Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) failed to comply with a key provision of the MOVE Act to provide greater voter assistance on military installations. In particular, FVAP failed to create voter registration offices that would provide voting assistance to every military member when they checked into a new duty station.

“Notwithstanding the data, we have not given up and will keep fighting for our military voters,” Eversole said. “The registration deadlines are quickly approaching, but there is still time to fix this mess. We are asking every active duty military member or spouse to visit hereosvote.org where they can quickly register and request an absentee ballot. They can quickly fill out the form and get their absentee ballots in 7 to 10 days.”

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Audio clips:

Secretary of State Ross Miller says he believes Nevada will see a high rate of voter participation by military personnel overseas:

100212Miller11 :28 to do so.”

Miller says there just aren’t as many military personnel overseas as there were in 2008:

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Nevada Voter Registration Expanding With Online Access, Multimedia Campaign

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 4:19 pm September 25th, 2012

CARSON CITY – A statewide multimedia campaign promoting Nevada’s online voter registration system, available statewide for the first time in a presidential election, is bringing a dramatic increase in voter registrations, doubling the daily average in just the first week since the television and radio campaign started.

During the first seven days of the television and radio campaign starting Sept. 17, new registrations averaged 550 per day, twice the number of new registrations during the first 16 days of September. Updated registrations in the same period prior to Sept. 17 averaged 189 per day, nearly doubling to 362 per day once the campaign began.

The data was reported by the Secretary of State’s Office in advance of National Voter Registration Day today.

Photo by Tom Arthur via Wikimedia Commons.

Online voter registration is now available to approximately 623,000 eligible Nevadans who are not yet registered to vote. Nevadans can also register by going to Facebook.

Outdoor advertising for the online registration campaign began Sept. 10, with the television and radio portion of the campaign beginning Sept.17.

“My office is making it easier than ever for eligible voters in Nevada to register to vote before Oct. 6,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Online voter registration is convenient, easy and secure.”

The Nevada Secretary of State’s office is also collaborating with Nevada businesses and library systems throughout the state to provide access to online voter registration for residents and employees who may not have easy access to a computer or Internet.

Television and stage performer Holly Madison donated her time to shoot a 30-second video with Miller to provide information about online voter registration. And, in order to provide up-to-date voter registration information to members of the military, the Secretary of State’s office partnered with Gov. Brian Sandoval in a video encouraging military in Nevada to register to vote.

To register to vote online, citizens need to be at least 18 years of age by Election Day 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.

Nevada residents have until 11:59 pm on Saturday, Oct. 6 to register to vote online, and until Oct. 16, 2012 to register in person at their respective county registrar or clerk’s office.

Secretary of State Tours Middle East for First-Hand View of Military, Overseas Voting Issues

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:17 pm September 11th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller   is traveling in the Middle East with U.S. Department of Defense officials this week to gain first-hand knowledge of military and overseas voting issues.

“These are the women and men who are fighting to ensure that the interests of the United States and democracy are protected around the world,” Miller said. “We owe them every possible effort to make the elections process accessible and secure for their participation. Secretaries of State have a responsibility to take a lead role in this effort, and I’m honored to be a part of that, and particularly honored to get to meet some of our troops in the field.”

Secretary of State Ross Miller, center, is on a trip to the Middle East this week.

Miller and fellow Secretaries of State first stopped in Kuwait to meet with U.S. Ambassador Matthew Tueller and U.S. Embassy staff, where they held extensive meetings to discuss voter outreach efforts for U.S. citizens living abroad and collaboration to resolve barriers to voting.

Military leadership briefed the secretaries on the U.S. Army Central voting assistance program in the Third Army war room. The program is in place to ensure successful absentee voting during the election year. The secretaries also met with assigned officers at military installations to resolve any outstanding issues. The stop included a tour and an extensive presentation at the U.S. Army Post Office to learn how military ballots are processed and transported.

Following Kuwait, the Secretaries of State toured Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar, where they received a briefing regarding the Combined Air Operations Center voting assistance program, met with the Qatar Embassy regarding voter outreach, lunched with constituents, and toured the military postal facilities. The Secretaries of State will travel to several other yet undisclosed locations in the Middle East.

As Nevada’s chief elections officer and president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, Miller is strong advocate of changes to the state’s military and overseas voting laws to ensure all ballots are received on time and counted in elections. Miller worked with the Nevada Department of Veteran Services and local elections officials during the 2009 legislative session to pass Assembly Bill 41, which allows Nevada voters overseas to register to vote; request and submit absentee ballots electronically; and accepted language from the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

The passage of the MOVE Act in 2009 placed greater protections for services members and other overseas citizens by requiring elections officials to send absentee ballots to voters who request them at least 45 days before the election.

In July, the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project named Nevada one of 15 All-Star states for taking significant efforts to promote and protect the voting rights of America’s military service members and their families.

Miller is joined by Secretaries of State from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Michigan on the trip. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program is sponsoring the trip.

Online Voter Registration Expands To All Nevada Counties With 60 Days Until Election

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 8:52 am September 7th, 2012

CARSON CITY – With 60 days until the general election and just over six weeks until early voting begins, the Secretary of State’s Office today announced that Douglas County has become the final county to offer online voter registration.

Nevada residents in all 17 counties can now register to vote and make changes to their current voter registration profile through www.registertovotenv.gov and nvsos.gov/votersearch, the online system on Secretary of State Ross Miller’s website.

Photo by Tom Arthur via Wikimedia Commons.

Residents have just over four weeks –  until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 – to register by mail or online to vote in the November 6 general election. Nevadans can continue to register to vote at their county clerk’s office by appearing in person through Oct. 16.

The Secretary of State Elections Division and the Douglas County 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 nvsos.gov/votersearch 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 Douglas County Clerk.

The Secretary of State’s office launched a voter registration application on Facebook last week available at apps.facebook.com/nvsosnova.

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

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 www.registertovotenv.gov and nvsos.gov/votersearch, 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 nvsos.gov/votersearch 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 apps.facebook.com/nvsosnova.

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.

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.

Nevada Economic Board Signs Off On Apple Tax Breaks But Finds Oversight Authority Limited Under New Law

By Sean Whaley | 4:58 pm August 1st, 2012

CARSON CITY – The state Board of Economic Development today unanimously signed off on a package of tax breaks to bring Apple to Reno, but the panel found it had little authority over the deal reached after several months of closed-door negotiations.

The board, chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval, unanimously recommended that Steve Hill, executive director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, enter into the contract with Apple that will provide an estimated $89 million in tax breaks to the company over the next decade.

Hill, in briefing the board on the agreement with Apple to build a data center and related facilities in the Reno area that are expected to bring $1 billion in investment over the next ten years, said the state authority over the deal was limited once it was approved by the Washoe County Commission and other local government entities.

Hill said the value of the sales and personal property tax breaks has to be put into context, which is that the state will receive between $16 million to $20 million in taxes over 10 years that would not have come to Nevada without Apple’s decision to open the facility in Reno, along with more than 300 well-paying jobs.

The tax breaks can be withheld if the company does not make the minimum required investment, he said.

Sandoval said that despite the limited authority to weigh in on the deal, the review by the board was important because a lot of important questions were raised and answered in the public forum.

He said the agreement is a great deal for Nevada because it is bringing a major company to the state that could have decided to go elsewhere.

“It’s going to provide new jobs and investment into the community,” Sandoval said. “It is perhaps, and I’m hoping that as we go on, will be a catalyst for other companies to come here.”

Apple is expected to start construction as soon as the contract spelling out the agreement is finalized later this month, he said.

“There is no reason to believe that they won’t fulfill all of the promises that they have made both to the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, to Washoe County, to the City of Reno and the Washoe County School District,” Sandoval said. “I think this is a win all the way around and I for one am very excited and proud to be a part of this first recommendation by the board to put to the executive director to move forward on this project.”

If there is a need to clarify some aspects of the approval process that resulted in the deal, any proposed changes can be taken up with the Legislature when it convenes in 2013, he said.

Board members, including representatives of the private sector, asked many questions during a two-hour review. There was no comment from the public.

Member Ross Miller, who is also the Nevada Secretary of State, asked Hill if there was the opportunity to make changes to the agreement in some areas, such as seeking some assurances that the construction aspect of the project will employ Nevada residents.

Hill said no such changes could be made without starting the negotiation process all over again.

After the meeting, Miller said the new process, created as a result of legislation last year establishing the new economic development office, is a major departure from past practice.

“The role of the board in approving these abatements is very limited,” he said. “And that’s a significant change from the previous process where the commission actually voted and approved these abatements. Our limited role today was to essentially determine whether or not they met procedural requirements.”

Those requirements included whether the company had a Nevada business license and whether they were going to make more than $500,000 in capital investment, Miller said.

“Our role at this point appears to be primarily ceremonial,” he said. “We provide advice and input but don’t have any real substantive oversight over the process.”

The Legislature in 2013 should consider expanding the board’s oversight, Miller said. The board did not have an actual contract to review, only a set of bullet points.

“Make no mistake, these are substantial abatements for a 30-year period,” he said. “And that’s not insignificant. And so we want to make sure that these terms are clearly defined and that the public has a very clear understanding of what we’ve committed ourselves to.”

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Audio clips:

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Apple’s move to Reno could be a catalyst for other companies to relocate:

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Sandoval says Apple will live up to its commitments:

080112Sandoval2 :28 on this project.”

Board member Ross Miller says the role of the new board is limited:

080112Miller1 :18 met procedural requirements.”

Miller says the board does not have any substantive oversight:

080112Miller2 :11 over the process.”

Miller says the public has to have a clear understanding of such agreements:

080112Miller3 :13 committed ourselves to.”

 

 

Nevada Online Voter Registration Expands To Lyon And Elko Counties

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:07 pm June 21st, 2012

CARSON CITY – Lyon and Elko County residents can now register to vote and make changes to their current voter registration profile through www.registertovotenv.gov and nvsos.gov/votersearch, the online system on Secretary of State Ross Miller’s website.

The Secretary of State Elections Division and the Lyon and Elko County Clerks 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.

Secretary of State Ross Miller. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

Registered voters can access their voting information at nvsos.gov/votersearch 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 Lyon or Elko County Clerks.

Online voter registration is currently only available to residents with DMV-issued identification in Clark, Churchill, Lyon and Elko counties. The Elections Division is collaborating with all Nevada counties to launch online voter registration prior to the general election.

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

Residents have until Sunday, Oct. 7 to register online to vote in the November 6 general election.