Vote Nevada Supporters,
Reminder: Vote Nevada is hosting a Zoom meeting on July 23rd, 9-10:30 am, on the History of the Equal Rights Movement & Mistakes to Avoid. We have an Equal Rights Ballot Question on our November ballot to amend inclusive Equal Rights language into our Nevada Constitution.
We will therefore need a robust and inclusive campaign to win at the ballot box. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/ERA-Movement-History
Now that the primary election is done we have some time to reflect on the problems voters encountered.
In a Nevada Independent article, reporter Jannelle Calderon discovered that on June 20th, the last day mail-in ballots could be cured (which means corrected), between Washoe and Clark Counties, 4,541 ballots were uncured and so not counted.
The Clark County Election Department maintains a list of uncured ballots on its website, so we can see the cause of each ballot’s error. That file is full of ‘Signature did not match’ and ‘Voter did not sign,’ and in the notations, this is very common: “No phone number on file and no email address on file.”
You can read:
The Voters with Open Signature Curing file here: https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/government/departments/elections/reports_data_maps/index.php
Two years ago when we moved to all mail-in voting due to the pandemic, the Secretary of State’s Office used federal CARES funds to create a website, record videos, and post on social media important information about mail-in voting. This included instructions for logging into the voter registration portal to ensure all information was correct.
Voters were also encouraged to include or update a phone number and email address, which elections officials can use to contact voters when their ballot has errors. This information can be kept private.
Well, we had a lot of new voters this election cycle who were not here for the voter education and outreach of 2020, so, 4,541 voters lost their right to vote and have their vote counted. The legislature unfortunately did not provide similar funding for voter education in 2022.
We will therefore need to get the word out before the general election that voters should log into their online voter registration account to ensure valid contact information is on record in case a ballot needs to be cured.
Consequently, there is a flyer, in both jpeg and PDF format, along with a video demonstrating how to complete a mail-in ballot on this Vote Nevada Blog’s Mail-in Ballot page: https://vote-nevada.news/Mail-In-Voting
You will now also see on the Vote Nevada Blog a page with information anyone can use to contact me if they have civics-related questions: https://vote-nevada.news/Civics-Questions
Related to voting and elections, Governing Magazine had an interesting recent article about a movement to enlist community members to document local government meetings and actions. You can read it here: https://www.governing.com/now/when-the-press-is-the-public
The nonprofit organization driving this movement is looking for members of the public who are interested in being a paid “Documenter.” If you already attend or virtually watch local governance meetings, you might want to read more about the Documenter project here: https://www.documenters.org/
Lastly, Save the Date! Vote Nevada is partnering with Civil Talk for a nonprofit networking event. Civil Talk is a new platform that allows nonprofits to safely connect to other nonprofit organizations and with volunteers. The event is on August 7th, 10 am to noon, via Zoom. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Networking-With-Civil-Talk
Thank you for being Nevadans with me,
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