Secretary of State Ross Miller Issues Emergency Regulation to Fund CD 2 Special Election
Says Regulation Necessary to Insure Proper Election Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
(Carson City, NV; July 20, 2011) – An emergency regulation prepared by Secretary of State Ross Miller and enacted today will guide the reimbursement of costs incurred by the counties for the September 13 special Election. The election is expected to cost Nevada’s 17 counties a total of nearly $1 million.
Secretary Miller determined that the challenges the counties will face in paying for the special election are sufficient to trigger emergency regulation provisions. Counties budget for and cover all the costs of administering regularly-scheduled elections in Nevada, but Secretary Miller noted that neither the counties nor the State budgeted for any costs to run a special election. As a result, he concluded the regulations “are necessary to assist the counties during a financially difficult period in this State…and are also necessary to ensure the proper administration of the Special Election by the counties.” The timeline, he adds, does not allow enough time to undertake the permanent rulemaking process, so the emergency measure is necessary.
Under the emergency regulation, counties must submit invoices and other supporting documents with the request for reimbursement to the Secretary of State’s office following the election. Reimbursement of eligible costs and expenses “will be contingent upon available and authorized state funding”, according to the regulation. The regulation is in effect for 120 days and applies only to the September 13 Special Election to fill the vacancy in the Congressional District Two seat in the US House of Representatives.