Nevada Public Office and Issues Secret Ballot Amendment (2014)

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Nevada Public Office and Issues Secret Ballot Amendment did not appear on the 2012 statewide ballot in Nevada as an indirect initiated state statute. The measure proposes protecting the right to secret ballots for public office and on public issues.[1]

Initially the measure was proposed for the November 2, 2010 ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment but five days prior to the June petition drive deadline, supporters announced they did not have sufficient signatures. Proponents said they planned to refile the measure as an indirect initiated state statute. If a valid petition had been submitted and legislature had not approved the proposed measure, then it would have appeared on the 2012 ballot.[2]

The measure was sponsored by Save Our Secret Ballot.

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Petition text

According to the filed petition, the text read:[3]

The People of the State of Nevada do enact as follows:
Article 2 Section 5 of the Constitution of Nevada is amended to read:
Voting by secret ballot; voting in elections by legislature.
1. The right of individuals to vote by secret ballot is fundamental. Where local, state, or federal law permits or requires elections for public office and ballot measures, the right of individuals to vote by secret shall be guaranteed.
2. All elections by the Legislature, or by either branch thereof shall be "Viva-Voce."

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See also: Nevada signature requirements

Originally the measure was proposed for the 2010 ballot but as of June 10, 2010 supporters announced they did not have sufficient signatures and instead would re-file the measure as an indirect initiated state statute.[2] In order to qualify for the November 2010 ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 97,002 valid signatures by June 15, 2010. County clerks were then required to verify and submit the signatures to the secretary of state by no later than August 4, 2010.[4]

As an indirect initiated state statute supporters would have needed to collect 97,002 valid signatures to send it to the legislature. If the legislature failed to act on the measure it would have been placed on the 2012 ballot.[2]

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