For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherine Lu
(702) 486-6982 / 334-7953
(Carson City, NV; February 17, 2012) — Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office, in consideration of several potential vacancies for District Judge office during the course of the 2012 election cycle, has issued Secretary of State Interpretation No. 122901 addressing the issue of nominating candidates to vacated seats and to clarify questions about the process.
If District Judge offices are vacated after the close of the judicial candidate filing period (January 3-13, 2012), and:
1. Before the second Tuesday in April (April 10, 2012)
The vacancy will appear on the proceeding general election ballot and candidates are nominated via nominating petitions. (NRS 293.165(2))
2. Between the second Tuesday in April and the fourth Friday in June (April 10 - June 22, 2012)
The vacancy will appear on the proceeding general election ballot, and the Secretary of State, due to the lack of direction in Title 24, may promulgate emergency regulations to set forth the procedures for candidates to be nominated.
3. Following the fourth Friday in June (June 22, 2012)
The vacancy will not appear on the proceeding general election ballot because the vacancy occurs after the deadline to alter the ballot. (NRS 293.165(4))
Secretary of State Interpretation No. 122901 includes further analysis of District Judge office vacancies and the nominating process, and can be found on the Secretary of State’s website, www.nvsos.gov, under “Announcements.”
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