Nevada judge rules against personhood initiative petition circulation

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January 12, 2010

CARSON CITY, Nevada: On January 8, 2010, Carson City District Court Judge James Russell ruled that a personhood amendment petition could not be circulated due to the vagueness of the wording and because it violates state law that limits ballot measure questions to one subject. According to Russell, “The issue to me is, are we adequately informing voters on what they're voting on?"[1]

The lawsuit was filed on November 12, 2009 against the proposed amendment by the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and several individuals. According to the filed lawsuit, the petition and the description were "misleading" and did not include an explanation of the proposition's objective. The petition could still be allowed on the ballot if the language is altered.[2][3][4]

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