Deadline Looming for Online and Mail-In Voter Registration
Online Republican and Nonpartisan Registrations of New Voters More Than Double Democrats in Clark County; Democrats Lead in New Voter Mail-In Registration
(Carson City, NV; October 1, 2010) – Secretary of State Ross Miller is reminding Nevadans who are not registered to vote or would like to update their registration that they have only until this Saturday to do so either by mail or online. For first time registrants in Clark County, online registrations must be submitted by midnight Saturday and mailed forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 2. After that, individuals have until 9 PM, October 12, to register in person at their county clerk’s or registrar’s office
For the month of September, 1,738 Clark County residents registered online through the pilot program (restricted to first-time registrations) that began September 1, 2010. Republican and Nonpartisan online applications both outnumbered Democratic applications, and when combined, were more than double the online Democratic applications. In all, 416 Democrats applied online, as compared to 588 Republicans and 536 Nonpartisans.
For those registrations received via the traditional mail-in process, Democratic applications for new voters dominated the 5,196 Clark County mail-in registrations, with 2,107 Democratic, 1,165 Republican, and 1,480 Nonpartisans. The mail-in applications accounted for approximately 58% of the new registrations in Clark County in September. The remaining registration figures for Clark County and registration statistics for the State will be tallied over the weekend and available early next week.
“The response to our pilot online voter registration is very encouraging,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “The breakdown of the response of the two parties and the nonpartisans demonstrates a broad acceptance of the program, and Republicans have continued to lead in overall usage of the system.”
Nevada is now one of just nine states that offer online voter registration. The program launched as a pilot project in Clark County where approximately 70% of the state’s population resides. More incidents of voter registration fraud and other problems directly related to the use of paper forms are reported there because it is the largest population center. Clark County was chosen for the pilot project also because the necessary technical resources available in the registrar’s office.
Online voter registration is far more secure than using paper forms, as well as more convenient. Online systems are designed to improve upon paper-based processes that cost more to administer, are more prone to data entry errors, rely too heavily on unofficial registration drives conducted by third parties, and are more susceptible to fraud.
Secretary Miller also wants to remind Nevadans who have lost their homes that they still have the right to vote. The state’s population growth has slowed considerably since the last election as a result of job losses and home foreclosures. Registered voters who are still living in their foreclosed homes may vote in their precinct and unregistered voters can still register at that address before the registration deadline. Individuals who have moved within the same county and who have not re-registered can return to their old precinct and vote or re-register at a new address before the deadlines. Individuals who move after the registration deadlines retain their previous residence address for purposes of the election.
Voter registration statistics, contact information for county clerks and registrars, and more information about the 2010 elections can be found in the election center menu at www.nvsos.gov