Nevada’s “Swing State” Status Combined with
Nation’s Highest Foreclosure Rate
Causes Concern That Some Voters Could Become Disenfranchised
(Carson City, NV) – Nevada’s status as the nation’s leader in home foreclosures per capita is causing confusion among registered voters who have lost their homes and fear they may have lost their voting rights in the process. Not so, says Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, who says his office remains committed to accessibility at the pools and transparency in the electoral system. Miller says that Nevada’s status as the national leader in home foreclosures per capita, and the increasing belief that Nevada will be a swing state in the national election combine to make the state a ripe target for such a strategy.
“There are some concerns that Nevadans who have lost their homes to foreclosure and have not changed the address on their voter registration will not be eligible to vote,” said Miller. “Nevada’s laws on this are clear and I can say with confidence that registered voters who find themselves in that situation retain their right to vote as a registered voter. That said, I would nonetheless encourage every registered voter to check their registration status, and keep in mind that the deadline for registering to vote by mail is this Saturday, October 4th, and the deadline for in-person registration is October 14, 2008. As I have done before, I encourage Nevada voters to visit www.silverstate08.com. They can check their registration status, including their address of record, and there are instructions for re-registering with a new address. But again, even without the change of address, they remain registered voters.”
The strategy of challenging voters who have changed their address due to foreclosure has been discussed by partisan groups in Michigan and Ohio. Nevada’s per capita foreclosure rate has been estimated to be as high as one foreclosure in every 91 households, with more than 11,000 Nevada homes falling into foreclosure during August if 2008.
“It’s important to note that with Nevada’s status as a swing state, we can expect an increased potential for more of this type of activity at the polls,” said Miller. “That’s one of the reasons we established a multi-jurisdictional voter fraud task force, and a command center concept for dealing with election-day complaints. Our commitment is to an election that is open to every eligible registered voter, and an election that is run with complete integrity.”