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Nevadans seek injunction on state's petition rules

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October 14

CARSON CITY, Nevada: This week a 12-page lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seeking an injunction on Nevada's current initiative and petition rules. The lawsuit was filed by Sharron Angle, U.S. Senate candidate and former assemblywoman, and two ballot advocacy groups.[1] Specifically the lawsuit seeks to halt initiative laws approved by the Nevada Legislature in 2007, which they argue to be "unconstitutional and invalid." The 2007 approved legislation requires that petition gatherers sign affidavits under penalty of perjury in order to help better verify the validity of collected signatures.[2] The new law, said Angle, has made it difficult to qualify two initiatives for the ballot. According to the filed suit, "There are no reasonable, practical or economical ways for a circulator to know, while gathering signatures in the field, whether or not, a person signing the initiative petition is in fact a registered voter in that county."[1]

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* Procedures for qualifying an initiative in Nevada