Nevada Increases Social Services Voter Outreach
CARSON CITY, Nevada: Nevada has increased voter outreach to welfare recipients following a federal lawsuit that alleged the state had disenfranchised voters receiving state-aid. Under federal law, all state welfare offices are required to also be voter registration offices. However, the National Council of La Raza and Nevada chapters of the NAACP found that only 1, 677 voter applications were processed by Nevada’s social service system in 2010 (down from approximately 40,000 in 2002). In light of this, they alleged that Nevada’s social service offices had failed to fulfill its obligations under federal law.
In response, Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services have begun distributing as many as 30,000 voter registration forms per month to those receiving state aid. They have also increased advertising for voter registration and trained personal to assist others in registering.