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About Sondra Cosgrove

Executive Director Vote Nevada

Vote Nevada Partners

Hello Vote Nevada Supporters, 

Many voters have expressed serious concerns over the very negative and incessant nature of this election cycle’s campaign messaging.  So, Vote Nevada is partnering with community members who are interested in civics education and engagement that promotes good governance and sound mental health as we move into the legislative advocacy period. 
I met Christian Solomon at the Boulder City Democrat’s Zoom meeting and we immediately connected over our shared focus on civics and sound mental health.  I am very happy that we can work with him and learn from his enthusiasm and Gen Z worldview.
Here is Christian’s message to our group.  I will be posting more of these introductions as we finalize more partnerships.
 

Good afternoon everyone, my name is Christian Solomon (He/Him/His) and I am so glad to be here! Thank you for having me. I was recently hired as the Party Affairs Coordinator for the Clark County Democratic Party! My career background includes public and private sector experience in project management, community outreach, administration and logistics. I am originally from the beautiful State of Hawaii, but lovingly call the 9th Island of Las Vegas home.

As Party Affairs Coordinator, my primary functions include developing the Clark County Dems’ core infrastructure and building relationships with local leaders to successfully mobilize our fellow Nevadans to implement grassroots organizing efforts as well as boosting participation in county and state-wide issue advocacy and election campaigns.

Sondra Cosgrove spoke at the general meeting of the Boulder City Dems and brought awareness to the amazing work that Vote Nevada does on a recurring basis. She and I immediately connected over concerns for young voters who underwent immense exhaustion and mental duress during the 2022 election cycle. 

We were also discussing how civics can be a perfect medium to reach young voters where they are at and turn them out to be active participants in the political process. A healthy and vibrant democracy works best when individuals are free to bring their passion, commitment, and vision to the table, uninterrupted by the muddiness of negative attack ads and vitriolic noise.    

I am looking forward to connecting with this great organization and its members on these issues. I will be present, as best as I can, at the various workshops you folks conduct. I am extremely excited for what’s coming ahead and would love to hear your concerns and obtain feedback on how we can effectively help each other going forward. 

Thank you so much for your time and please feel free to reach out if you need anything! My contact information:
Email: csolomon@clarkdems

Phone: (808) 389-6270 

Vote Nevada Update 11/17/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

As we near the end of the 2022 election cycle, now is a good time to review what happened and begin planning for the 2023 legislative session.

Election Takeaways:

You can access numbers for races state-wide from the Secretary of State’s website: https://silverstateelection.nv.gov/

Many races were very close, and some races had high numbers for the None of These Candidates option.  Our electorate was almost evenly divided in many races, and many voters split their tickets between the two political parties.  

You can read an early assessment of the election cycle overall by Dr. Dave Damore, from UNLV and Brookings Mountain West, here: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2022/11/16/blue-metros-red-state-politics-in-the-2022-nevada-midterm-elections/

Tomorrow, each county’s registrar or clerk will present the final vote totals to their respective county commissions, and then, when the county commissions accept the final tallies, the certified results will go to the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State will then present all the results to the Nevada Supreme Court.

We had three ballot questions before us this year and all three passed.  Questions 1 and 2, the Equal Rights Amendment and the Minimum Wage constitutional amendments, will go into the constitution immediately after certification.  Question 2, however, does not go into effect until July 2024.

Ballot Question 3 is a citizen petition constitutional amendment, so it must pass again in 2024.  Ballot Question 3 passed with close to 53% of the vote. 

Fortunately, Alaska adopted a similar election reform in 2020, so, the state implemented the reform this year.  Here are the Alaska totals right now: https://alaskapublic.org/2022/11/16/alaska-election-results-live/

Alaska has a law similar to Nevada’s that requires election officials to wait to receive and tabulate their mail-in ballots, so, when that time period ends on November 23rd, any races without a candidate who has a majority of the votes will enter into an instant runoff.  

In those races, the candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and the voters who selected those candidates as their first choice have their second-choice votes transferred to their second-choice candidates.  A second runoff tabulation then occurs, and the runoff process continues until one candidate in each race has at least 50%+1 votes.

Currently, it looks like Mary Peltola will win the election to the House of Representatives as the first indigenous woman to represent Alaska at the federal level.  And it is likely that Lisa Murkowski will win re-election to the U.S. Senate.  Both women will likely win after one round in an instant runoff.

Congresswoman Peltola sent Nevada a message: https://twitter.com/MaryPeltola/status/1593014322716119042?s=20&t=xKTu6r1JiUVTJgmTQrMjbQ

After our election results are certified, we will pivot to the next session of Congress and the 2023 legislative session.  

The federal House of Representatives will have a Republican majority, so the leadership and committee chairpersonships will change.  The U.S. Senate currently has a 50/50 membership, which gives the Democrats a majority due to Vice President Harris’s tie-breaking vote.  

Because no candidate received 50%+1 in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race between Senator Raphael Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker, there will be a runoff election on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. 

Legislatively, at the state level, the Democrats have the majority in both houses, but only have a supermajority in the Assembly, so, they do not have the votes needed to override a veto.  With a new Republican Governor, this may become an issue if there is conflict over bills and budgets.

Over the next few weeks, each party will select members to serve in legislative leadership roles, and then leadership will appoint members to committees.  When the election ends, you will be able to see each chamber’s members and leaders here https://asm.leg.state.nv.us/  and here https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Senate/

You can access additional information about the legislative session, which starts February 6th, here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/82nd2023/

In December, the Economic Forum, the commission of economic experts who estimate how much tax revenue will be available over the next biennium, will meet to release their estimates on Monday, December 5th, at 9:30.  You can access the hearing and the hearing materials here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Meeting/24289

You can also watch past Economic Forum meeting recordings here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Committee/1906/Meetings

After the tax revenue estimate is set, the Governor’s Budget must not exceed that amount unless tax cuts and/or tax increases are included to account for the additional spending.  Governor Sisolak’s team has already created the state budget, so, we must wait to see if incoming Governor Lombardo decides to make any changes to that budget.

The Governor’s State of the State Address will be in the middle of January.  And there will be two weeks of agency budget hearings with the Interim Finance Committee before the legislative session begins.  During these hearings, our state agency heads provide an overview of their budget requests.

Vote Nevada will offer our Advocacy Training Workshops in early January to prepare for the legislative session.  In these workshops, we will review the many features of the legislature’s website and discuss legislative processes.

One very good piece of news: Member of the Vote Nevada Mental and Behavioral Health Committee, Dr. Sara Hunt, successfully presented her proposal to have Nevada adopt a mental health workforce development program similar to Nebraska’s program to the Rural Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board! 

The Board agreed to sponsor the proposal, so we have a Bill!! https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/82nd2023/Bill/9566/Overview

AB37 will put Nevada on the path to address our severe shortages of mental and behavioral health care providers, so, KUDOS to Sara! 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 11/3/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Please take some time to listen to these CSN students who are raising important concerns about negative campaign messaging.  You can watch the full discussion at the bottom of the written article:

https://news3lv.com/news/local/young-nevada-voters-say-negative-campaigns-pushing-them-away#

Let’s take some time today to remember that many community members are still struggling with fragile mental health due to the pandemic and ongoing economic issues.  Yelling at and chastising these community members won’t convince them to vote.  We need to offer compassion and support.

If you need help with election questions, please reach out.  I am here.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 10/29/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you haven’t heard, we are ending the first week of early voting and turnout is very low, especially among young voters.  You can read more about turnout here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/the-early-voting-blog-2022  

The forecast is that 60 percent of registered voters will participate in this election.  That means 40 percent of voters, who have mail-in ballots sitting on their kitchen tables are opting to not vote.  That is a problem.

It’s easy to say young voters are just not engaged, responsible citizens, but I would like to share what I hear from my students.  My students are frustrated and feel paralyzed by all the negative campaign ads.  The flood of negative advertising relentlessly tells them all the candidates are very bad for Nevada.  

These issue-focused young voters are trying to wade through the ads and research the candidates, but it is difficult to find reliable information, so they are giving up out of fear of making a mistake and voting for someone who will hurt the state.

Young voters tend to be nonpartisan, so, telling them to Vote Blue or vote R or D isn’t helpful; these voters want candidates who will address the issues most important to them.  With so few debates and forums that asked objective questions, my students are skeptical of anything that sounds like partisan talking points without substance.

They want to vote for someone, not vote against someone.  They want positive reasons to vote, so, they need help doing research to find nonpartisan answers to their questions.

Vote Nevada is therefore partnering with the Marble Manor Resident Council and Mass Liberation to offer a series of information workshops next week to answer questions and assist in researching candidates and ballot questions.  

If you know voters who are feeling frustrated and unsure about voting, please share this information and let them know anyone can drop in to get a little bit of help.  

A team of volunteers will be available at Marble Manor Community Center from Tuesday, November 1st through Saturday, November 5th.   Our team will be available from 5:30 to 7:00 pm each evening.  Here is the address: 912 Gerson, LV NV 89106

Here is the workshop flyer:

Workshops

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 10/8/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Sample Ballots are in the mail as I type if you haven’t already received yours.  Mail-in ballots will be in the mail no later than October 19th.   Early voting begins October 22nd.   Now is the time to make a plan to vote:

  1. Set aside some time to research the candidates on your ballot. Some tips:
    1. Take the information in campaign ads with a large grain of salt.
    2. Campaign websites are often superficial
    3. Look for reliable information about each candidate.
  2. Research the ballot questions.
    1. You can use the Sec. Of State’s Ballot Question Booklet: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10820/637968581844670000
    2. You can also watch a brief ballot question explainer here: https://vote-nevada.news/2022-Ballot-Questions-Review
  3. You can find voting information specific to your county here: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/election-information/2022-election-information/voting-locations
  4. You can sign-up to be notified when your mail-in ballot is counted here: https://nevada.ballottrax.net/voter/
  5. Be sure to sign the back of your envelope if you use your mail-in ballot.
    1. Here is more information about mail-in voting: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/mail-in-voting/
    2. Be sure to mail in or drop off your mail-in ballot by no later than November 8th.
  6. Help a friend create a plan to vote.

Upcoming events:

               I will be on Zoom every Sunday between now and election day on November 8th from 6 to 7 pm.  You can access the link by RSVPing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Election-2022-Office-Hours  Bring any and all questions about this election, researching candidates and ballot questions, and how to ensure that your vote counts.

Northern Nevada Marches Forward is hosting a panel discussion on protecting voting and democracy on October 11th, via Zoom, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  You can find more information here: https://fb.me/e/3RgbafylY 

Indivisible Northern Nevada is hosting an event with Secretary of State candidate Cisco Aguilar on Thursday, October 13th, via Zoom, from 5 to 6 pm.  You can RSVP here: https://fb.me/e/2ZImbbRML 

On Tuesday, October 18th Noon to 1 pm, the CSN Women’s Alliance and Nevada NOW is hosting a Q&A session on Ballot Question 1 with human rights attorney Kate Kelly via Zoom, “Nevada’s Equal Rights Amendment: Equality for all! This isn’t your grandmother’s ERA!”, click here to RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkceGupjouEt2E2Gv4swOvv1dvbmYe7ZbX

The CSN Women’s Alliance, the CSN Social Justice League, and the CSN Student Government are hosting a “Make Your Voice Heard in Democracy” event via Zoom on October 21st, from noon to 1 pm.  We will be discussing why voting is important and how to make your voice heard.  RSVP for the link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtc–rpzIjH9yFinBLie7NzLaAnf4Ac0Q9

Nevada NOW is participating in an ERA rally at the Floyd George Courthouse on October 22nd, from 4 to 5 pm.  You can find more information here: https://fb.me/e/f0b5Inc0Q

The YesOn3 campaign has a new website with interactive features.  You can watch the first endorsement commercial and participate by signing up through the Join page or by uploading a statement or short video under Share Your Story:  https://yeson3nv.com/

And the campaign now has a YouTube channel you can subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyRF5KgJWw6EVl8VzKVzfRA

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

 Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 9/28/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

We are entering the final stretch of the 2022 election cycle, so, here are some useful resources to help as we start receiving our ballot questions booklet and Sample Ballot.

As I have done in the past, I created a short video explanation of this year’s three ballot questions: https://vote-nevada.news/2022-Ballot-Questions-Review

If you have any questions about the ballot questions or anything else election-related, please contact me directly, or you can log into my Office Hours with Dr. Cosgrove Zoom sessions on Sunday evenings in October between 6 pm and 7 pm.  You can receive the link by RSVP’ing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Election-2022-Office-Hours

I will be available on 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, and 11/6.

If you are interested in upcoming events hosted by our community partners, please follow Vote Nevada on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I will be cross-posting partner organization events on our social media accounts.

https://www.facebook.com/VoteNevada21/

Twitter: @VoteNevada21

Instagram: @VoteNevada

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 9/14/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Here are upcoming events:

Wednesday, September 14th: Nevada Center for Civic Engagement: Ask the Expert

       “What is Stare Decisis & How Does Legal Precedent Impact Judicial Decisions?”

                Register here: https://nvcce.org/asktheexpert?fbclid=IwAR2Ji4nnxut0DpDgCCrdo3dymReatW_zzJ0Cl4pp1AxeHcY5cNLUySnlknM

Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th: National Constitution Center

September 17th is National Constitution Day, so the National Constitution Center is hosting online events on Friday and Saturday to celebrate.  You can register for online events here: https://constitutioncenter.org/

Friday, September 16th: Open Primaries “Nevada 2022: Betting Big on Reform”

                Register for the Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdOiupz4tGtbwBV8m1j8ktMR5nncqGgDa

OpenPrimary

Friday, September 16th: Women Leading Women Rise 

 Panelists: Kamilah Bywaters, Tracy Lewis, and Minister Nika Barker

  West Side Oasis Lounge 808 West Lake Mead 89106

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Saturday, September 17th: Historic West Side Education Celebration and Parade 10 am to 12:30 pm.  The parade starts at Wendell P. Williams elementary school and ends at Edmond Town Center.

EducationParade

Saturday, September 17th: Multicultural Festival

Clark County Government Center Amphitheater 500 S. Grand Central Parkway 89155.  Free Admission Food, Music, and Art from 2 to 8 pm. 

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Tuesday, September 20th: National Voter Registration Day

Join the CSN Social Justice League for a Lunch and Learn Zoom session: “Why you should vote…it’s not what you think!”  Register: t.ly/nZ5W  

Why You Should Vote - Flyer 2022

Tuesday, September 20th: Vote at Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee Meeting.  We will hear a presentation from Michelle Howser from CSN on the new mental health training pathway.  The meeting is from 6 to 7 pm via Zoom: Meeting ID 864 3090 2093

Saturday, September 24th: Women and Nontraditional Careers Summit. College of Southern Nevada Women’s Alliance & Nevada Women & Trades.  9 am to 4 pm at the CSN North Las Vegas Campus Student Union Ballroom 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. 89030.

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                RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Women-in-Trades-Summit   

Saturday, September 24th: Civic Engagement Candidate Forum.  Vote Nevada and CSN Student Government are hosting a civic engagement candidate forum.  5 to 7 pm at the North Las Vegas Campus in the Student Union Ballroom 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. 89030.  It will be an open mic for candidates to share how they will help keep voters civically engaged.  

In-person RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/Civic-Engagement-Candidate-Forum

Zoom RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/Civic-Engagement-Candidate-Forum-Zoom-RSVP

            OPEN MIC CANDIDATE FORUM (2)    

If you are interested in ballot questions:

Nevada NOW is hosting events to support Ballot Question 1, you can view upcoming meetings and events here: https://www.nevadanow.org/new-events

Indivisible Northern Nevada is hosting an event to cover all three ballot questions on September 22nd from 5 to 6:30 pm. 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://bit.ly/3TXkmKt 

Indivisible Northern Nevada is also hosting an event with Secretary of State candidate Cisco Aguilar on October 13th from 5 to 6 pm, PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdu-vrjMuE9P5JYf6ZP-IflR_bt891CD-

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Vote Nevada: Solving Problems with Civics

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Vote Nevada Update 9/5/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

As you know, pumpkin spice season is already here, which means the general election is right around the corner.  If you are interested in some wonky election information, you can watch the Nevada Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy meeting recording here: https://vote-nevada.news/ACPD-August-29-2022

September is filling up with even more events than we saw in August, so, now is the time to mark your calendar with opportunities to connect with your candidates.  Facebook Events is a good place to look for local organizations that are hosting candidate forums and meet and greets. https://www.facebook.com/events/

We do not have as many judicial candidates this cycle as we did in 2020, which thankfully means our mail-in ballots won’t be pages long; but, Vote Nevada continues to recognize how important judicial races are for us all.  So, just like last election cycle, we are inviting judicial candidates to participate in our Video Voter Guide.  Invitations to participate are going out today.

If you missed our “Why Do We Elect Judges?” meeting, you can watch the recording here: https://vote-nevada.news/Why-We-Elect-Judges

There are three events I would like to highlight for this update:

               On September 17th, from 2 to 8 pm, at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, at 500 Grand Central Parkway, 89155, a coalition of organizations is hosting a Multicultural Festival that is free and open to the public.  There will be food, music, and live entertainment as well as information about voting and the upcoming election.  Here are the flyers: 

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               On September 24th, the CSN Women’s Alliance is partnering with Nevada Women in Trades to host a summit on nontraditional careers.  The summit is from 9 am to 4 pm at the College of Southern Nevada North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., 89030, in the Student Union Ballroom. 

The event includes information and presentations on apprenticeships and CSN nontraditional careers in areas such as light manufacturing.  The focus is on empowering women through good-paying jobs.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Women-in-Trades-Summit

               Also on September 24th, Vote Nevada, the CSN Women’s Alliance, and Nevada Women in Trades are also hosting a Candidate Forum from 5 to 7 pm.  This will be in the same room as the summit on nontraditional careers, CSN North Las Vegas Campus 3200 Cheyenne Ave., 89030, Student Union Ballroom.

The forum will focus on how civic engagement empowers Nevadans.  Just as a solid paycheck creates power, understanding and engaging in civic processes empowers Nevadans to make change happen.  We are specifically inviting students and anyone who feels like they vote, but nothing changes.  And we are inviting candidates to stop by for our Civic Engagement Open Mic, either in-person or through Zoom.

Candidates can stop by to let us know how they will encourage more civic engagement after being elected.  It is not enough to win elected office, we need elected officials who empower their constituents to take part in governance.

You can RSVP to attend in person here: https://vote-nevada.news/Civic-Engagement-Candidate-Forum

You can RSVP to attend via Zoom here: https://vote-nevada.news/Civic-Engagement-Candidate-Forum-Zoom-RSVP

If you are a candidate who plans to attend, please email me at sondra.cosgrove@gmail.com to ensure we reserve time for you to speak.  It is a short event, so we are reserving 2 minutes per speaker.

Lastly, seeing pumpkin spice everything is already back on the shelves, I am starting my birthday Vote Nevada fundraiser a little bit early too.  We have a busy year ahead with the election and then our legislative session, and while we are very frugal at Vote Nevada, we could use a few donations to keep our efforts going.  If you are so inclined, here is our donate service: https://vote-nevada.news/Donate-Vote-Nevada

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 8/29/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Here are more resources and event reminders:

You can watch our Vote Nevada Zoom meeting on why we elect judges in Nevada and the types of questions to ask judicial candidates here: https://vote-nevada.news/Why-We-Elect-Judges

National Constitution Day is September 17th, so the National Constitution Center has a wide array of resources available on the U.S. Constitution and current constitutional issues.  You can view these resources here: https://constitutioncenter.org/

If you missed the Affordable Housing Coalition’s Lunch and Learn meeting on August 25th, you can view the meeting recording here: https://youtu.be/5MJGTkuZRQw  

You can view upcoming meetings and events related to affordable housing here: https://nvhousingcoalition.org/events/

Upcoming meetings and events:

TODAY: The Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy meets via Facebook Live at 1 pm.   You can view the agenda here: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/Home/Components/News/News/3300/309?backlist=%2fsos

You can watch the meeting through the Secretary of State’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NVSOS

On September 20th, 6 to 7 pm, via Zoom, the Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee will be hearing a presentation from CSN professor Michele Howser about a new CSN program to improve the number of mental and behavioral health professionals who enter the workforce each year.  Please respond to this message if you would like the meeting’s login information.

On September 24th, the College of Southern Nevada Women’s Alliance is sponsoring a Women In Trades summit at the CSN North Las Vegas Campus, in the Student Union Ballroom, between 9 am and 4 pm.  If you are interested in attending, here is the flyer: 

Women in Trades Summit

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Also on September 24th, Vote Nevada is co-sponsoring a Candidate Forum at the CSN North Las Vegas Campus, in the Student Union Ballroom, between 5 and 7 pm.  We are working with the CSN student government, the CSN Women’s Alliance, and an array of community organizations.  Candidates will be invited to speak about the role of elected officials in promoting civic engagement.  There will be a Zoom option for virtual participation.

I often hear from Nevadans who have stopped voting that they do not feel their voices are heard after elections.  We hope to partner with elected officials to help make these voters feel that they can be engaged in civic processes after the election to ensure their voices are heard.

I will send more information about this Candidate Forum later this week.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 8/18/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Here is the recording from our Vote Nevada event with Civil Talk’s co-founder Matt Cremins.  I am sure you will find this new civic engagement tool as interesting as I have: 

https://vote-nevada.news/Civil-Talk-Recording

Our Mental and Behavioral Health Committee heard a presentation on the pilot program in this article that describes how we are helping rural law enforcement provide services to community members experiencing mental health issues: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/pilot-project-equipping-rural-police-with-telehealth-tools-for-mental-health-crises

It is a fascinating program that is being funded by a time-limited grant, so, if it works, we will need to engage in sustainability advocacy in three years.  Here is the committee meeting recording: https://vote-nevada.news/Mental-Health-Pilot-Program

You can read about some of the issues with the new 988 crisis program here: https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2022/08/18/a-month-into-988-call-volumes-up-but-state-behavioral-health-infrastructure-isnt/

And you can read about the Legislative Interim Finance Committee allocating quite a lot of money to children’s mental health here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/parents-lawmakers-praise-200-million-investment-in-public-and-mental-health-funding

 Here are event reminders and some new events:

Tomorrow, 8/19/2022, a Nevada Voters First team, consisting of myself, Doug Goodman, and Cesar Marquez, will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about Ballot Question 3, which will create open primaries with ranked choice voting in the general election in 2026.  You need to create a Reddit account to ask questions, which you can do here: https://www.reddit.com/

You can ask questions in the AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Nevada/comments/wm1tkp/ama_open_primaries_rcv_0819_at_2p_pt/

You can see the AMA questions and answers without becoming a Reddit member at the above link as well. 

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On August 24th, 9 to 11 am, Vote Nevada is hosting this month’s Shepherd’s Breakfast. The Shepherd’s Breakfast happens at the Wealthy Place Ministries on the Historic West Side of Las Vegas.  Community members, representatives from various nonprofit organizations, and candidates all attend the breakfast.  There is no charge and no need to RSVP, but the room fills up quickly, so I always arrive by 8:30 am.  The address is 902 West Owens Ave. 89106 and here is the flyer:

ShepherdsBreakfast

Also on August 24th, from noon to 1 pm, via Zoom, the Nevada Housing Coalition is hosting a lunch and learn on advocating for affordable housing.  You can register to participate here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2816384820281/WN_LxijjtcCT9O2yzYofdX08w 

On August 25th, 5 to 7:30 pm, via Zoom, Indivisible Northern Nevada is hosting a candidate event with statewide candidates Ellen Spiegel and Zach Conine, and CD 2 candidate Mercedes Krauss.  You can register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3JGmce8

On August 26th, 1 to 2:30 pm, via Zoom, the American Association of University Women is hosting a Women’s Equality Day event to discuss Ballot Question One, which will add an equal rights amendment to our state constitution.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/AAUW-Equality-Day  Here is the flyer. 

Women's Equality Day Flyer Final

On August 27th, 9 to 10:30 am, via Zoom, Vote Nevada is hosting an event to explain why we elect judges in Nevada and best practices for asking judicial candidates questions.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Judicial-Elections If you are a judicial candidate, please join us!

On August 29th, at 1:00 pm, via Facebook Live, please join the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy to hear from Deputy Secretary of State for Elections, Mr. Mark Wlaschin, about our recent primary election, our upcoming general election, and any possible issues to address in the 2023 legislative session.  You can watch the meeting and ask questions from here: https://www.facebook.com/NVSOS

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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