Is Voter Suppression A Risk in Nevada?
By Sophia Day
Demand the Vote, an election resource website, defines “voter suppression” as any effort, either legal or illegal, by way of laws, administrative rules, and/or tactics that prevents eligible voters from registering to vote or voting.”
With a large population of Nevadans potentially trying to vote for the first time, including university students, below are different ways to ensure you are not at risk.
The University of Nevada, Reno, voting website, includes information regarding voter registration, checking voter registration and casting your ballot. There is also a Q&A portion for frequently asked questions as well as a numbers to call for any further concerns.
Early voting is scheduled to start at the university on October 17th.
DSC_0016.JPG “Nevada voters stand in line, back in February, waiting to caucus for their primary candidate.” Photo by Sophia Day
For those concerned with counting votes, The Secretary of State's website includes ways to track your ballot after casting your vote.
The Secretary of State website also includes a page dedicated to information regarding voters with disabilities. In April of this year, Nevada launched Nevada's Effective Absentee System for Elections, “EASE is an online application that seamlessly integrates voter registration and electronic ballot delivery and marking. EASE allows further independence and enables covered voters to register, request, mark and return their ballots from the comforts of their own homes”.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, other states across the country “have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures include cuts to early voting, voter ID laws, and purges of voter rolls.”
For his part, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, a Democrat, says he is worried possible voter intimidation during the election process after President Donald Trump, a Republican, implored his supporters during the first presidential debate to “watch very carefully” at the polls.
In an interview, Ford said he believes Trump “wasn’t talking about poll watching. He was talking about voter intimidation.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing voters suppression or intimidation, you may report this at any polling site as well as contacting 1-866-OURVOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA.