Proposed Anti-Voter Ballot Measures Threaten Access to Voting for Many Nevadans
LAS VEGAS — In response to two proposed ballot measures submitted to Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office, All Voting is Local Nevada State Director Kerry Durmick issued the following statement:
“These ballot measures intend to undo the progress of AB 321, by outright repealing popular aspects of the law and also establishing a new and unnecessary voter ID requirement. These are clear attempts at establishing deliberate barriers to the ballot, especially for rural and Native voters. It’s no secret that voter ID laws make it harder for communities of color, students, elderly, and low-income people to vote, and these proposed ballot measures are intentional attempts at silencing voters. Instead of erecting barriers to the ballot, all Nevadans should continue working towards expanding access to the ballot, not restricting it.”
Background on AB 321: AB 321 removed barriers to voting by ensuring that every Nevadan be mailed a ballot with return postage. With a 41% increase in Nevada voters casting a mailed ballot in 2020 from 2016, this law created greater accessibility for these voters. Additionally, the law ensured the installation of secure and accessible ballot drop boxes and gave Native American Tribes the option to request a polling place within a more workable deadline.