WWW.SILVERSTATE08.COM PROVIDES IMMEDIATE ACCESS FOR NEVADANS TO CHECK THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
(Carson City, NV; October 9, 2008) – Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller issued the following statement today in response to an article published in the New York Times.
“Today, an article in the New York Times misleadingly reports that Nevada voters are being purged from Nevada’s voter rolls due to records being unmatched with the Social Security Administration. Nevada state law requires that any eligible voter with an unmatched record appear on the voter roll. The Social Security Administration has been tasked by the Help America Vote Act to assist in the verification of certain registrants whose application cannot be matched with the state’s DMV database prior to casting their ballots. In Nevada, for voter registration applications that cannot be verified through the DMV database and subsequently by the Social Security Administration database, the county clerks will send mail to those registrants to verify their information. If the clerk does not receive a response to the mail, these voters will be verified upon a showing of identification at the polling location, and will be able to cast their ballot.
“I want to assure Nevadans that any suggestion that eligible voters will be denied their right to participate in this election on November 4th is false. Further, the article erroneously implies that every unmatched record represents one unmatched voter.
“This will be the fourth statewide election in Nevada where this verification process has been used. We have established procedural safeguards to protect Nevada’s citizens from complications due to unmatched records. In fact, my office has taken unprecedented steps in its ongoing efforts to enhance the accessibility of Nevada’s elections process. Nevadans can check their voter registration status at www.silverstate08.com. My Voter File allows individuals to review their registration information. If they find discrepancies in their information, they may correct them by contacting their county clerk prior to Election Day. In the recent primary election, in which this system was used, none of these voters were denied their right to cast a ballot, and approximately 1.5% of Nevada voters were required to present a valid form of identification at their polling place. Given the anticipated record turnout, I have worked closely with county clerks and registrars of voters to have more polling locations than ever before across the state, with extended hours, and more machines available to meet demand.”