Reno Gazette Journal: Attorneys suspect tens of thousands of Nevadans wrongly stripped of right to vote

Nevadans with a past criminal conviction may be deprived of their right to vote by confusing and likely illegal language on voter registration forms, according to a January letter from voting rights attorneys to Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.

Letter co-authors at the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit focused on election law, said the wording on Nevada’s voter sign-up sheets could lead residents with a past conviction to think they’re not eligible to vote.


Danielle Lang, senior legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, did not rule out similar legal action if Nevada doesn’t make promised changes to it’s voter registration forms.

"CLC will consider legal options, including litigation, if an official refuses to make the necessary changes," Lang wrote in an email to the Reno Gazette Journal. "We have raised a similar allegation in our ongoing Alabama felony disenfranchisement lawsuit. The court has not yet ruled on that claim."

Lang figures tens of thousands of Nevadans with past convictions are eligible to vote, but probably don’t know it. 

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