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Nevada Secret Ballot Amendment (2012)
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 the legislature does not approve the proposed measure then it will appear on the 2012 ballot. The initiative was formally filed on July 15, 2010.
The measure is sponsored by Save Our Secret Ballot. The same initiative has been filed in Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah. Currently, legislation, also known as the Employee Free Choice Act, is pending before the United States Congress that would remove that requirement from federal law.
Text of measure
According to the filed petition, the text reads:
The People of the State of Nevada do enact as follows:
The Constitution of Nevada is amended by adding Section 23 to Article I to read:
Secret ballots in elections for employee representative.
The right of individuals to vote by secret ballot is fundamental and shall be guaranteed where local state, or federal law permits or requires elections, designations, or authorizations for employee representation.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Nevada signature requirements
On July 15, 2010 supporters filed indirect initiated state statute in an effort to qualify for the 2012 ballot. In order to qualify, supporters needed to collect 97,002 valid signatures by November 9, 2010, to send it to the 2011 legislature.
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. 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 required to verify and submit the signatures to the secretary of state by no later than August 4, 2010.
- Three Nevada initiatives drop 2010 ballot efforts
- Nevada petition drive deadline only a week away
- Secret Ballot initiative filed in Nevada
- Associated Press,"New NV initiative for secret union ballots," July 26, 2010
- Nevada News Bureau,"Initiative Petition Deadline Looms, Groups Have Until June 15 To Qualify Measures For November Ballot," June 4, 2010
- Associated Press,"NV initiative would require secret union ballots," November 18, 2009
- Las Vegas Review-Journal,"Group plans petitions on secret ballots, paycheck deductions," February 24, 2010
- Las Vegas Review-Journal,"Anti-labor group takes new approach on secret vote petitions," June 10, 2010
- Nevada News Bureau,"New Effort Under Way In Nevada To Establish Secret Ballot Requirement In Unionization Votes," July 26, 2010
- Nevada Secretary of State,"Save Our Secret petition," retrieved February 25, 2010
- Nevada Secretary of State,"Important 2010 Initiative Dates," retrieved June 1, 2010
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