Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement in response to reports of up to six-hour wait times and Nevadans voting late into the evening in the primary election:
“The disaster that was hours-long wait times and Nevadans voting well past midnight on election night are the exact problems we worked to avoid. These problems were entirely avoidable by the Secretary of State. They are the consequences of inadequate polling locations across the state. If not for the intervention of NV Dems and our partner groups to increase the number of in-person locations beyond just one in Clark County–which was the minimum required by the Secretary of State–these problems undoubtedly would have been exacerbated. The Secretary of State must ensure the state will do better in November.”
In April, NV Dems, along with the DNC, DCCC, Priorities USA and Nevadans from across the state, filed a lawsuit against the Nevada Secretary of State in order to prevent the disaster we saw last night by improving mail voting, allowing for voter assistance, and expanding in-person polling locations ahead of the June primary election.
The lawsuit requested the Secretary of State require counties to provide more than just one in-person voting location, mail ballots to ALL registered voters, not just “active” voters, suspend prosecutions of voter assistance for all elections in which absentee ballots are the primary method of voting, strengthen the signature review process to include multiple layers of review, and extend the signature cure period by at least two weeks.
Democrats will continue to fight for these changes in the general election should we be under the same circumstances in November.