Nevada Permanently Expands Mail-In Voting Access

Nevada Permanently Expands Mail-In Voting Access Nevada Permanently Expands Mail-In Voting Access (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

By Jim Thomas | Thursday, 03 June 2021 10:14 PM

Democrat Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday signed a bill permanently expanding mail-in voting to all registered voters, reported UPI.

The measure now requires all city and county clerks to send every active registered voter in the state a mail-in ballot before any primary or general election.

"At a time when state legislatures across the country are attempting to roll back access to the polls, I am so proud that Nevada continues to push forward with proven strategies that make voting more accessible and secure," Sisolak said. "Nevada has always been widely recognized as a leader in election administration and with this legislation, we will continue to build on that legacy."

After public backlash about the integrity of the vote in the 2020 presidential election, both Florida and Georgia implemented sweeping laws limiting vote-by-mail and other forms of ballot casting.

Most recently, the Texas state Senate passed a bill restricting the use of mail-in ballots, limiting early voting hours and eliminating ballot drop boxes and drive-through voting locations, prompting condemnation from President Joe Biden and a walkout by Democrats, reported The Texas Tribune.

Last year, the Republican National Committee, former President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, along with the Nevada Republican Party, sued the state after it passed a measure requiring delivery of mail-in ballots to all registered voters and requiring any ballot received by 5 p.m. on the third day after the election to be counted.

A federal judge shot down the challenge stating that the challengers' arguments and proof of harm to voters were generalized and speculative, according to The Washington Post.

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