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Thu Jul 4, 2019, 10:38 AM

Strides made during legislative session would do founders proud (Nevada)

Here in Nevada, we have extra reason to celebrate this Independence Day.

Since last Fourth of July, Nevada voters and lawmakers have taken numerous steps to preserve and nurture the participatory democracy that our nation’s founders fought and died for.


Among the highlights:

• This past November, Nevadans overwhelmingly approved the “motor voter” ballot question, creating automatic voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under the measure, which drew support from just shy of 60% of voters, registration occurs when someone signs up for a driver’s license or state identification card. The measure will make it more convenient for voters to register and promises to boost participation in elections.


• During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers approved a bill allowing voters to register and cast their ballots on the same day. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the bill, which went into effect Monday and extends the time that voters can register.


• As of Monday, the right to vote was restored for Nevada felons who’d served their sentences. That will add as many as 77,000 voters to the rolls, which will hopefully increase participation.


These are all steps worth noting on this most American of days. While other states have ramped up voter suppression in recent years, Nevada has lowered barriers that previously had deterred state residents from voting.

Our founders would be proud of us.


...and we passed a minimum wage increase to $15.00 over the next four years.

read more at https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/jul/04/strides-made-during-legislative-session-would-do-f/

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