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Secretary of State Ross Miller Files Declaration Specifying July 6 as Deadline for Determining Special Election Candidates
Posted Date: 5/26/2011
Contact: Pam duPré
(775) 684-5748

(Carson City, NV; May 26, 2011) – Secretary of State Ross Miller today filed a declaration with the Nevada Supreme Court specifying July 6 as the deadline for determining the names of the candidates who will appear on the September 13 special election ballot to fill the vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives. In its May 24 order granting Secretary Miller’s motion to expedite his appeal of a lower court ruling, the Court had asked Secretary Miller to specify the timeline required for the preparation, printing, and circulation of ballots relating to the special election.

In his declaration, Secretary Miller said the private vendors who would print the election ballots must have images from the county clerks and registrars no later than July 8, 2011, in order for the counties to have them in time to mail to military and overseas voters by July 30, 2011, the deadline under federal law. The counties require two days, the declaration says, to proof and prepare the ballot images before sending them to the vendors.

Secretary Miller says the July 6 date applies whether the Nevada Supreme Court affirms the 1st Judicial District Court’s May 19 ruling that the political parties must choose one candidate from their party to appear on the ballot, or whether the Court reinstates Secretary Miller’s interpretation of the law that says any number of major party candidates may nominate themselves to be placed on the ballot.

“Whether this Court affirms or reverses, a ruling from this Court, prior to July 6, 2011, should permit enough time to determine which candidates are eligible to appear on the ballot and to certify that list to the county clerks and registrars,” Secretary Miller states in the declaration.
The Special Election calendar posted at has been updated to reflect the new information.