Ballot Questions

By Kacee Johnson & Tanner Barrett

Question 1: Marsy’s Law

Question 1 would protect and expand the legal rights of crime victims. The amendment includes seventeen measures to guarantee victims' rights. If voted into law, Nevada would be the seventh state in the United States to incorporate these measures into its constitution. Opponents including the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada say it will cost the state money to offer protections crime victims already have.

Question 2: The “Pink” Tax

The "pink tax" currently adds state and local sales taxes to feminine hygiene products. A yes on Question 2 would remove such taxes on sanitary napkins (pads) and tampons. If enough people vote yes on this measure, it would go into effect on January 1, 2019. Opponents say it will cost the state money.

Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative

Question 3 wants to guarantee that citizens will have the right to choose their energy provider and create their own energy for resale. People in support of Question 3 want to end the electricity monopoly NV Energy holds in Nevada.  A "yes" vote is for Nevada prohibiting electricity monopolies and requiring the state legislature to establish an open, competitive energy market. A "no" vote is for Nevada to keep its existing energy plan managed by NV Energy.

Question 4: The Medical Patient Tax Relief Act

Question 4 seeks to make sales tax exempt “durable,” “oxygen delivery,” and “mobility enhancing” medical equipment prescribed by healthcare providers. If approved, the state legislature would define what specific equipment would qualify before any changes take effect. Those in favor of the question argue medical patients should not have to be further burdened with taxes on equipment they need. Those in opposition argue the law would decrease Nevada tax revenues. 

QUESTION 5: The Automatic Voter Registration Initiative

Question 5 looks to establish an automatic voter registration system at Nevada DMVs. If approved, people looking to get their license, renewals, address changes, and other DMV services will have their information registered or updated on state voter rolls. People can deny their information be used to register at their request. Supporters of the initiative point to other states like Oregon that saw higher voter turnout in the first election under a similar law. Opponents of the measure argue people should be able to decide for themselves if they want to register or not. 

QUESTION 6: The Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative

Question 6 aims to require at least 50 percent of Nevada’s energy sources come from renewable resources by 2030. Current rates have the state reaching 25 percent renewable resources by 2025. Supporters of the initiative argue it is time for the state to prioritize clean energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. Those against the initiative argue current energy requirements are sufficient.
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