LAS VEGAS — Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer released the following statement in response to the reintroduction of a costly, needless, and explicitly anti-democratic resolution to be considered by the Board of Washoe County Commissioners:
“We are disgusted to see the reintroduction of Commissioner Herman’s so-called election ‘reform’ resolution, a list of twenty proposals that would undermine both the accessibility and accuracy of elections in Washoe County if passed.
“Among these proposals are calls to purge existing voter records, eliminate nonpartisan oversight of elections, remove all but one electronic voting booth per polling station, and call for sheriff’s deputies to be set at polling stations and counting centers. This resolution even includes measures that would strip voters of their right to a secret ballot.
“The Board of Washoe County Commissioner’s own research estimates that the cost of implementing these changes will cost nearly five million dollars in taxpayer revenue, quite literally meaning that Washoe voters are at risk of not only losing crucial voting rights, but being swindled in the process.
“We recognize that this resolution isn’t the product of bad policy – it’s a deliberate ploy to undermine free and fair elections in our critical battleground state. With the midterms approaching, Republicans across Nevada are attempting to manufacture conspiracy theories that attack the very foundations of free and fair elections.
“The same voter suppression tactics being used in Texas and Georgia are being brought to us. Giving these efforts a foothold anywhere in the Silver State risks more than any individual seat or office – it endangers the system of representation that has served Nevadans for the past 158 years.
“Once again, we are calling on all Washoe residents, regardless of party or affiliation, to speak out against this absurd and anti-democratic subversion.
“We ask that you attend the Washoe County Board meeting this Tuesday, March 22nd, at 10:00 AM at 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV 89512 and demand the rejection of this resolution.”