Nevada Secretary of State Rebuffs Latest GOP Effort To Suppress Vote

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October 22, 2008 11:17 p.m.

Yesterday we told you about the latest GOP effort to make voting more difficult — a letter sent by Nevada GOP chair Sue Lowden to Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller, arguing that people should not be able to correct incomplete registrations on the spot when going to vote. Lowden claimed that Nevada law requires voter registration to be closed three weeks before election day, and that in such cases, people should be forced to cast provisional ballots.

Now Miller’s office has responded with an interpretation of the law at issue, rejecting Lowden’s argument. The key excerpt:

Question: If a county clerk/registrar of voters determines that an application to register to vote is incomplete or incorrect, does Nevada law provide an opportunity for the applicant to submit a corrected application after the close of registration?

Answer: Yes. Nevada law provides the manner in which an in-person and mail-in applicant may update or correct the voter information, and may do so without losing his right to vote.

Miller has already been in the news for voting issues this cycle. Last month, he engineered a high-profile raid on an ACORN office in Las Vegas after fraudulent registration forms were submitted, despite the fact that ACORN claimed it was cooperating with investigators.

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