Secretary of State Ross Miller Denies Requests to Designate Mail Ballot Only Precincts
Cites concerns given short timeline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
(Carson City, NV; July 7, 2011) – Secretary of State Ross Miller has denied requests from Esmeralda and Nye Counties to expand the number of mail ballot only precincts in their counties. While both counties claim they would realize modest cost savings by designating more mail ballot only precincts, Secretary Miller said his overriding concern is the integrity of the election process.
“This election is already on a greatly expedited timeline,” Secretary Miller explained. “My first and foremost objective is to conduct an error-free election and I’m concerned that unknown challenges are likely to arise in implementing a new and different process in such short order.”
Legislation passed in the 2011 session allows the Secretary of State, at the request of county elections officials, the discretion to designate new mail ballot only precincts that would not otherwise qualify under the older statute.
Secretary Miller is also reminding local elections officials and all Nevada voters that AB 473, a bill sponsored by county clerks and registrars, contains a provision that changes the deadline for registering to vote for the special election. The deadline for registering to vote for the special election on the Secretary of State’s calendar will be changed from August 27 to August 23.