LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Democratic Party released the following statement in response to the failed anti-voter resolution that was voted on today by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners. NV Dems Executive Director Matthew Fonken, a registered voter in Washoe County, spoke in opposition to the resolution during an open meeting, as did a number of leaders and voters from the Washoe Democratic Party.
“It could not be clearer that this legislation was not, in fact, intended to protect elections, but rather to intimidate voters and disenfranchise the vulnerable, especially voters of color,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer. “This is all part of a broader strategy that is playing out in Republican-dominated areas around the country; a strategy intended to delegitimize the very foundations of our democracy. We are pleased to see so many Nevadans stand together to see this resolution defeated.
“Our tasks as the party of the people are clear and they are crucial: we must protect the vote for every single eligible voter in every single election. We also must elect Democrats, and not just in historic ‘blue’ areas. Municipal elections matter in small cities and in towns across the state. So much is decided by mayors and county commissioners and school board members and city council members; not just small bills, but very real legislation that has direct material impact on the lives and rights of voters. We are committed to supporting Democrats up and down the ballot in November – people’s rights depend on it.”