Vote Nevada Supporters,
Nevada will be hot again this week, so we all need to be safe by staying hydrated. If you are new to the desert, please be aware that by the time you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Here’s a quick guide to staying hydrated and safe during hot weather: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/UserFiles/works/pdfs/2017-126.pdf
Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Civics Festival: Celebrating Direct Democracy kick-off event. Our guest presenter, Super Cool Nevada (that was his official title during the meeting) Daniel H. Stewart, led us in a conversation about Nevada’s Constitution, which is also super cool. If you were not able to join us, you can watch the recording here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/summer-civics-festival-2021-recordings/
We had a really good discussion last night about the justice reform bills that failed this legislative session, especially the death penalty bill. There are short and long-term things we can do now to ensure the death penalty is not used to perpetuate disparate treatment of people of color, the poor, and people who suffer from mental illness. We discussed next year’s election cycle and the need to have many diverse candidates on the primary ballot and the problem of electing people in closed primaries, which shuts most voters out of exercising their right to vote.
Tonight we will be discussing ways to make justice-related elections more accessible for voters. We will look at ways to create a permanent voter guide with information about the courts, the sheriff, and the district attorney as all three offices will be up for election in 2022. If you would like to join us, please RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocOmrrDIsG9CVjoCI7Z4sXIlMTj2DiSf5
Next Saturday, June 19th, please join Vote Nevada as we host Deputy Administrator over Medicaid Programs, DuAne L. Young, to hear about the changes to Medicaid over the last year as well as the changes coming up in the near future. You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfuuqqD8uHN09sZ61Z72x3WGtBRtLrD4w
Lastly, I have a cool announcement. Vote Nevada, the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, and the Helen Toland Foundation are partnering to record oral histories of community leaders from the Historic West Side of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for additional information on participation opportunities!
Thank you for being Nevadans with me,
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