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Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Members of the Nevada Assembly are all standing and facing the center of a conference room.
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The 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature is officially over after lawmakers approved one of the largest ever tax increases on the state's mining industry. The move is expected to generate millions in state revenue for education. To explain the change, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

Two people walk past a wall of framed photos in the Nevada Legislature.
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There are only four days left in Nevada's 81st legislative session, and lawmakers are scrambling to get bills out of the door and onto the governor's desk. That includes appropriating billions in state dollars to fund the government over the next two years. To talk about that, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

Nevada Legislators sit masked in tiered seating.
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Election reform is shaping up to become the signature issue of Nevada's 81st legislative session. Among the measures up for consideration is a Republican bill that would gut the state's emergency mail-in voting law, among other changes. Democrats, on the other hand, say they're looking to make those mail-in ballots permanent. KUNR’s Noah Glick spoke with Political Editor Paul Boger about the latest from Carson City.

Una pegatina que dice “Yo Voté”
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Convertirse en ciudadana, vivir una pandemia y votar por primera vez son un montón de experiencias nuevas en un año. La reportera bilingüe Natalie Van Hoozer habló con Jenny Hernández, quien reside en Las Vegas, sobre el viaje que hizo con su mamá a California para entregar su boleta y asegurar que fuese contada. Todavía no tenemos los resultados oficiales de las elecciones generales de 2020. 

A directional sign that says, "Vote here, vote aquí."
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As many college students gear up to vote in their first presidential election, student leaders from the University of Nevada, Reno are urging students to cast their ballots.

La imagen muestra un letrero independiente de "Yo voté" colocado en la acera.
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Investigar cómo llenar su boleta puede ser un proceso complejo durante cualquier elección, pero es una experiencia totalmente nueva para quienes  están votando por primera vez, especialmente para aquellos con barreras de idioma. La reportera bilingüe Natalie Van Hoozer habló con Kenia Ramírez, una votante nueva que ayudó a su familia a emitir sus votos por primera vez este año.

Image shows a freestanding “I voted” sign placed on the sidewalk.
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Lee en español.

Researching and completing one’s ballot can be a complex process during any election, but it’s a totally new experience for first-time voters, especially those with language barriers. Reporter Natalie Van Hoozer spoke with Kenia Ramírez, a new voter who helped her whole family cast ballots for the first time this year.

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Durante sus paradas de campaña en Nevada el mes pasado, el presidente Donald Trump expresó su preocupación por la nueva ley de voto por correo del estado, y la calificó falsamente como un intento de "manipular" las elecciones. Desde hace meses, Trump ha expresado su preocupación por la validez de los comicios, sembrando dudas entre los votantes. Jayden Perez de KUNR se sentó con Jeremy Gelman, profesor de ciencias políticas en UNR, para hablar sobre esas preocupaciones y si están erosionando la confianza del público en nuestro proceso electoral.

Nevada mail-in voting. Here’s what to know. Illustration of a mail truck.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio

Lee en español.

User note: If you are accessing this information with a screen reader or related assistive technology, please continue to the paragraph titled “Filling Out Your Ballot” for a transcription of the following infographics.

This illustrated mail-in voting guide is based on reporting from Stephanie Serrano and Natalie Van Hoozer regarding the Nevada 2020 general election. To learn about the state's voting process in detail visit their past reporting here.

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During his recent campaign stops in Nevada, President Donald Trump voiced concerns over the state’s new vote-by-mail law, falsely calling it as an attempt to “rig” the election. For months now, Trump has raised concerns about the validity of the election, sowing doubt amongst voters. KUNR’s Jayden Perez sat down with Jeremy Gelman, a political science professor at UNR, to talk about those concerns and whether it’s eroding the public trust in our electoral process.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his management of the U.S. Postal Service to the House on Monday amid concerns that his cost-cutting measures have jeopardized the agency's ability to serve Americans.

Mail service has slowed across the country, according to internal documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee, but DeJoy denies the slowdowns are part of any attempt to reduce voting by mail this year.

Jacob Solis


For the first time in 14 years, Washoe County is going to have new voting machines.


The new machines are large tablets, about two feet tall and one foot wide. At a price of $4.2 million dollars for the whole system, the tablets will provide a number of new accessibility and usability improvements.

Heather Carmen is the Assistant Registrar of Voters for Washoe County.


Tribes Waiting For Ruling On Voting Access

Oct 5, 2016
Noah Glick

Following a tribal voting rights hearing in a federal court in Nevada, a judge will decide on a request to order election officials to put satellite polling places at two Native American communities.

Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports.

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Democratic Party leaders and Nevada's Secretary of State are discouraging voters from trying to participate in both caucuses after a loophole was discovered.

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske says those suspected of participating in both caucuses will be reported to both major political parties and may be subject to disqualification from further voting.

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As the presidential candidate pool starts to thin after the Iowa caucuses, the nation is now looking to New Hampshire. And in just a few weeks, all eyes will be on Nevada.

Our News Director Michelle Billman talked with two local political scientists to hear their thoughts on which candidates will resonate in the Silver State.  They include Eric Herzik from the University of Nevada, Reno and Fred Lokken from Truckee Meadows Community College.

Republicans are feeling good less than two weeks from Election Day. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports that’s based on registration and early voting numbers across the state, including Washoe County.

Even before early voting began, Democrats in Washoe County had something to be worried about. Final registration numbers showed that the GOP has a lead of more than 6,000 registered voters. That’s the largest, for either party, since the mid-2000s.