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New Registrations Double with Availability of Online Voter Registration
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller Tours Nevada Schools and Businesses to Promote the Popular New System
Posted Date: 9/24/2012

EMBARGOED until Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 a.m.

(September 24, 2012; Carson City, NV) – A statewide multimedia campaign promoting Nevada’s online voter registration system, available statewide for the first time in a presidential election, is bringing a dramatic increase in voter registrations, doubling the daily average in just the first week since the television and radio campaign started. During the first seven days (September 17-23, 2012) of the television and radio campaign, new registrations averaged 550 per day, twice the number of new registrations during the first 16 days of September. Updated registrations in the same period prior to September 17th averaged 189 per day, nearly doubling to 362 per day once the campaign began.

In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, September 25th, Secretary Miller will spend the day meeting briefly with local business leaders at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce meeting, talking with students at the Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, and meeting with Nevadans at other locations including health care facilities, libraries, and the UNLV campus. The full schedule is below.

Online voter registration is now available to approximately 623,000 eligible Nevadans who are not yet registered to vote. The Nevada Secretary of State’s office is using a multi-media advertising and public relations outreach to educate and assist eligible Nevadans with the opportunity to register to vote online at www.RegisterToVoteNV.gov, or through the new voter registration Facebook app at www.facebook.com/NVSOSNOVA. Outdoor advertising for the campaign began September 10, with the television and radio portion of the campaign beginning September 17.

“My office is making it easier than ever for eligible voters in Nevada to register to vote before October 6,” said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Online voter registration is convenient, easy and secure.”

The Nevada Secretary of State’s office is also collaborating with Nevada businesses and library systems throughout the state to provide access to online voter registration for residents and employees who may not have easy access to a computer or Internet. Businesses are encouraged to use the business tool kit created by the Secretary of State’s office and available online (http://nvsos.gov/electioncenter/electioninformation).

Television and stage performer Holly Madison donated her time to shoot a 30-second video with Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller to provide information about online voter registration (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAhCqBA_4zY&feature=plcp). And, in order to provide up-to-date voter registration information to members of the military, the Secretary of State’s office partnered with Governor Brian Sandoval in a video encouraging military in Nevada to register to vote (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boaatoe25xo&feature=plcp).

To register to vote online, citizens need to be at least 18 years of age by Election Day and have a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver’s license or DMV-issued identification card. The application process pulls the signature on file with the DMV and applies it to the voter’s registration record.

Since online registration began in Clark County, Nevada on Aug. 31, 2010, there have been over 31,000 registrations in total, of which close to 21,000 are new registrations. As of September, 2012 online registration has been available to all 17 Nevada counties. In the last six months, Nevada has close to 15,000 new registrations.

Nevada residents have until 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 6 to register to vote online, and until October 16, 2012 to register in person at their respective county registrar or clerk’s office. For more information, visit the website at www.RegisterToVoteNV.gov or the “Election Center” on the Secretary of State’s website at www.nvsos.gov.  

Tour Schedule:

7:40 a.m.
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
6671 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite #300
*Miller is speaking to new Chamber members.

8:45 a.m.
Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy
2531 Vegas Drive
*Miller is meeting with government classes to promote online voter registration. Several students will use the system to register to vote for the first time.

10:10 a.m.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Pida Plaza
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
*Miller is meeting with the Young Democrat and Young Republican groups who are registering students to vote.

11:05 a.m.
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District – Windmill Location
7060 W. Windmill Lane
*Miller is speaking to community members during a Rock the Vote registration drive.

1:30 p.m.
Nevada Health Centers – Martin Luther King Jr. campus
1799 Mount Mariah Drive
*Miller is visiting a registration drive hosted by a community health center and the civic participation group, Mi Familia Vota.

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Contact:
Catherine Lu
Public Information Officer (PIO) Secretary of State’s Office
(702) 334-7953
clu@sos.nv.gov

or

Amy Beck
The Glenn Group
702-236-2606
abeck@theglenngroup.com

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