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Secretary of State Ross Miller Issues Interpretation of Law for Conducting Special Election to Fill Vacancy in U.S. House of Representatives

Secretary Miller says the law is clear; the people of Nevada should choose their Representative in a process accessible to all

Post Date:05/02/2011

Contact: Pam duPré
(775) 684-5748

(Carson City, NV; May 2, 2011) – Secretary of State Ross Miller said today that, after thoroughly researching and discussing the issue with the Nevada Attorney General’s office, he has confirmed his initial reading of the Nevada Revised Statutes that clearly state Nevada voters, not a small group of political party officials, should choose their preferred candidate to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Secretary of State’s interpretation says “major political party candidates are nominated and will appear on the special election ballot by filing a declaration of candidacy or acceptance of candidacy” in the time frame prescribed by the Secretary of State.

The interpretation (see link below) also prescribes how minor party candidates with and without ballot access can get on the ballot. They will follow essentially the same process they do to get on the ballot for a primary or general election.

The interpretation also includes a description of time frames for close of voter registration for the special election, early voting, and distribution of ballots to overseas and military voters (see link below).

Secretary of State's Interpretation

Special Election Calendar

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