Nevada voting law stirs controversy

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October 18, 2009


CARSON CITY, Nevada: A new state law and the Nevada Constitution appear to have conflicting laws. According to the state constitution, in order to recall officials a minimum of 25 percent of "actual voters" is required for a recall election. However, according to SB156, sponsored by Sen. Terry Care, a minimum of 25 percent of "registered voters from a pertinent area" is required for an election. In Fernley, Nevada Councilman Monte Martin was successfully recalled after approximately 300 registered voters signed petitions. Sen. Care argues that "...even if you didn't vote in the primary, you should still have the right to participate in a recall." However, Fernley Mayor LeRoy Goodman argues otherwise. Goodman said that the new law could potentially cause a "revolving door" effect every time residents get upset.[1]

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