Federal judge upholds Nevada distribution requirement, strikes down circulator's oath

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July 1, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

LAS VEGAS, Nevada: District of Nevada federal judge James Mahan ruled on June 30, 2010, on a lawsuit against Nevada's imitative laws filed by 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle[1].

In the ruling, Judge Mahan found that Nevada's law requiring petition circulators to swear under oath that the signatures they receive are legally obtained under state law. Mahan found that the oath provision exceeds the boundaries of current law requiring petition circulators to sign a affidavit affirming that all the signatures were legally obtained[1].

However, Judge Mahan found that the "all-districts rule" which requires all initiatives to have signatures obtained in the state's five congressional districts with a minimum of ten percent of registered voters was legal. The judge upheld the rule claiming it was consistent with the "one person, one vote" doctrine[1].

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