With all the recent discussion of vote suppression strategies and tactics emanating from the right wing of our national politics, there’s at least one aspect of the issue that isn’t getting much attention. What is the economic impact of suggestions to curtail voting, especially those ideas put forward which would eliminate early voting, voting by mail, and other such concepts?
Tomorrow, Assembly Bills 440 and 441 will have a hearing in the Nevada Senate Legislative Operations Committee. Why does this matter? Because these bills are critical to expanding voting rights in the state of Nevada. AB 440 extends the voter registration deadline so more Nevadan have the opportunity to register vote, while AB 441 makes voting on election day more convenient by adding additional voting locations to choose from.
Republican governors and legislators across the country are trying to restrict voting rights because they know the only way they can win elections is to stop as many people from voting as possible. We cannot let this happen!
We need you to contact legislators on the Senate Legislative Operations Committee right now and tell them to expand voting rights by passing AB 440 and AB 441.
You can find the Committee members’ contact information below:
- Chair Sen. Pat Spearman – Pat.Spearman@sen.state.nv.us
- Vice Chair Sen. Mark Manendo – Mark.Manendo@sen.state.nv.us
- Sen. Kelvin Atkinson – Kelvin.Atkinson@sen.state.nv.us
- Sen. Barbara Cegavske – Barbara.Cegavske@sen.state.nv.us
- Sen. James Settelmeyer – James.Settelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us
The clock is running out on the legislative session – if you want to ensure that every Nevadan has a voice in choosing our elected leaders, PLEASE
- Send an email to these committee members,
- Express your support and
- Ask/tell them to pass these bills now.
After a surge of voter interest and participation in 2008, a wave of anti-democratic voter suppression laws — designed to disenfranchise huge numbers of voters who are African-American, elderly, students or have disabilities — threatens to keep up to 5 million eligible voters from casting a ballot in 2012.
Take action today to stop these outrageous attempts to deny people their right to vote. Sign the petition urging Attorney General Holder to protect the right to vote.
Thank you for taking action,
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU
P.S. In the past 12 months, the ACLU has been involved in 28 voting rights lawsuits in 18 states, and has lobbied against voter suppression measures in over 20 states. We’ll keep protecting people’s right to vote all across America, but we need your help. Please sign our petition today.
Registering to vote in Nevada just got easier. Now you can do it from any touch screen device, like an iPad or smart phone.
You can stop hunting for voter registration forms, pens, or stamps — or looking for that mailing address for the County Board of Elections.
Instead, just swing by this handy new site that will help you register. You’ll be able to enter your email address and send yourself a link to an online voter registration form that you can sign using your touch screen. And a couple of weeks later, you’ll get your voter registration card in the mail. It’s that easy, and that fast.
November is going to come fast. If you aren’t registered — or if you have moved and need to update your registration — do it now so you’re ready to go on Election Day.
And don’t let your friends who live in Nevada forget to register or think that they can just wait until tomorrow — make sure they register with you.
We made it easy for you to send the form along to people you know after you register. And you can share the site on Facebook and Twitter, too. It only takes a couple of seconds, but registering voters is one of the most important things we can do right now.
So don’t wait — get registered today: