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New Law Will Introduce Electronic Sample Ballots

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New revisions to Nevada’s election laws that were passed last spring recently went into effect. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has details on one of the laws that grants voters more access to ballot information.


Registered voters can now receive sample ballots online or by email. Precious Hall is a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and says the new law will increase voter education.

“It does allow for voters who don’t check their mail regularly--particularly when we talk about younger voters who may move from place to place and not get access to a ballot, [they do] not know that they have to update their registration--it will open them to get more access to information," Hall explains.

Hall says access to more information won’t necessarily cause a great impact on voter turnout. A study by the group Nonprofit Vote ranked Nevada as 37th in the nation for its voter turnout back in the 2012 presidential election. Only 57 percent of Nevadans came out to the polls. But this year, Hall does expect more voters to cast their ballots.

“One, we’re in presidential election year, and we know that during presidential election year cycles, voter turnout is higher than midterm elections,” says Hall. “Two, this is an election with an open seat. There’s no one in combat in this election, so it’s more competitive.”

Hall says Nevada’s status as a swing state could also encourage more voters to participate.


Luiza Vieira is a former contributor at KUNR Public Radio.