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Secretary of State and County Elections Officials Agree on 2010 Election Game Plan
Posted Date: 10/14/2009
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(Carson City, NV – October 14, 2009) – County clerks, voter registrars, and staffs from all 17 Nevada counties met recently with Secretary of State Ross Miller’s Elections Division staff and agreed on a 2010 Election Year Game Plan.

Among topics discussed were the changes in the election calendar due to the change in the primary election date, maintenance of voter rolls, election night reporting, and the importance of comprehensive training for poll workers.

Election officials also agreed that independent organizations that conduct voter registration drives should register with the Secretary of State’s office, receive mandatory training, and be held accountable for all voter registration forms they receive.

The Secretary of State’s staff also reviewed candidate requirements to report campaign contributions and expenditures. After discussion, the election officials agreed that electronic on-line reporting would make their offices more efficient, streamline procedures for candidates, and improve public access to information regarding who contributes to candidates and how the money is spent. The clerks emphasized that local candidates and voters would still be able to view information on the counties’ as well as the Secretary of State’s web sites.

Legislation to require training of organizations that conduct voter registration drives and to require electronic campaign finance reporting failed in the 2009 legislative session.

“I appreciate the feedback from local officials and am glad we agree on improving our election processes.” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “They’re the ones in the trenches and, along with my office, are completely committed to maintaining the integrity of our elections. Our statewide meetings give us a great opportunity to talk about how we can do an even better job of registering more eligible people, conducting fair and open elections, and counting every single vote.”