Media, State News / 03.01.22

New Election Regulations a Positive Step Towards Increasing Clarity and Transparency

LAS VEGAS — In response to the Nevada Legislature passing 29 of the 31 pro-voter Elections Procedures Manual regulations recommended by advocates, voters, and the general public, All Voting is Local Nevada State Director Kerry Durmick issued the following statement: 

“All Voting is Local applauds Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, the Legislative Counsel Bureau, and the Interim Legislative Commission for their work on newly-adopted regulations which will create clarity and transparency for Nevada voters and our election officials for the next 10 years.  

“However, more work still needs to be done, especially when it comes to increasing access to the ballot for all Nevadans. For starters, the Interim Legislative Commission should have passed all 31 regulations. Nevada officials must also adopt policies requiring election officials to make polling place request forms available to tribal nations in their counties; mandating the Department of Corrections to notify previously incarcerated Nevadans of their right to vote and create policies and procedures for voters in jail; and more.” 

Background: In mid-January, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske began the process of creating a new Elections Procedures Manual, which will detail statewide rules and procedures on how elections will be conducted in Nevada for the next 10 years. Advocates, voters, and the general public had an opportunity to comment on elections regulations, resulting in the now-passed 29 recommendations that will guide how elections will run in Nevada in critical ways, such as providing explicit instructions for county or city clerks on how they can provide clear instructions on how voters can correct a mistake on their absentee ballot.