Nevadans can register to vote as late as Oct. 18 online, but political activists want to leave little to chance as some of the biggest races on the ballot appear to be neck-and-neck.
Organizers with the Nevada Democratic Party fanned out to grocery stores and parks on Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day to sign up new voters. The party has a 4.6 percent point voter registration advantage over Republicans, but that’s slimmer than the lead they had going into the 2014 midterm elections when the state experienced a “red wave.”
“It went actually very amazing,” said Susan Martinez, a Democratic candidate for Assembly who was urging people to register Tuesday evening outside of a Kmart in the heavily Hispanic East Las Vegas neighborhood. “It’s nice to meet a bunch of people and just to remind them … The people who are already registered we tell them don’t forget about the early vote dates, it’s important. And we just kind of left it at that and let them keep going so they can move on to the next person.”
Elsewhere, the voter advocacy group Mi Familia Vota was trying to register voters at a supermarket, and the Nevada Republican Party was using the Twitter hashtag #NationalVoterRegistrationDay to guide voters to a site that helped them register.
“We’ve already made unprecedented progress and we’re well on our way to defying history in the midterms,” Republican National Committee Nevada spokeswoman Keelie Broom said in a statement this week about the party’s voter registration and turnout-driving efforts. “Now we’re kicking into overdrive.”
Even Google got in on the action, posting a voter-themed “Google Doodle” on its home page with links that advised people about registration processes and deadlines for different states.
“Because it’s not a presidential year sometimes politics is not on their mind,” Martinez said. “It’s to remind everybody to get the vote out. Your voice and your vote matters.”
Aside from the Oct. 18 deadline for registering online, Nevada has a deadline of Oct. 9 for registering by mail and Oct. 16 for registering in-person at a local elections office.