Nevada Responds to CLC’s Request to Clarify Voter Eligibility for People with Past Felony Convictions

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Nevada Secretary of State Hon. Barbara Cegavske agreed to update the state’s forms to correct inaccurate information about voter registration laws for citizens with past felony convictions.  Nevada’s actions come after over six months of pressure from Campaign Legal Center (CLC).

Nevada has agreed to do four things:

  • Distribute corrected paper voter registration applications to all counties
  • Change the language on the Nevada Secretary of State website
  • Update the online voter registration application
  • Request that the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) place additional instructions on the federal voter registration form

At present, Nevada’s voter registration form fails to accurately inform people with felony convictions of their eligibility to vote. Under Nevada law, first-time non-violent felony offenders have their right to vote restored automatically upon completion of their sentence. Yet, Nevada’s forms suggest that all felony convictions disqualify a person from voting.

This agreement from Secretary Hon. Cegavske comes after CLC sent a letter informing the state that the registration forms and website were not in compliance with the NVRA.

For more information on voting with a prior felony conviction visit RestoreYourVote.org.