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NV's Election Protection Program eases access to voting information

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Friday, May 17, 2024   

The Nevada state primary is coming up June 11 and one voting-rights group wants to make sure all Nevadans have the information they need to make their voices heard. They are looking for more people to help.

Silver State Voices is among the organizations behind the national, nonpartisan Election Protection program.

Noé Orosco, program manager for Silver State Voices, said the goal is to place trained, nonpartisan volunteers at polling locations throughout Nevada, who can help voters with a variety of questions from accessibility to voting requirements.

"I think it's super important, because at the end of the day, we are just trying to ensure that anyone who is able to vote is able to cast their ballot," Orosco explained.

Orosco noted the Election Protection program also has hotlines available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Asian languages. All are administered by a coalition of partners who can also provide useful information in a variety of languages.

Silver State Voices is recruiting more volunteers in Clark and Washoe counties, and Orosco stressed it is a great way to be civically engaged.

As the general election in November inches closer, various concerns and questions could come up at polling locations. Orosco said Silver State Voices and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada strongly believe it's important to get volunteers trained and ready before sending them into the field.

"Because we wouldn't want you to think that now that you are a volunteer and someone is having a very legal question, that you try to resolve the issues for them because that is not what we are there for," Orosco pointed out. "We're just there to ensure that if there are any complications, we reroute folks to the hotline or maybe even to the elections workers at those polling locations."

He added as the June primary approaches, it will start to warm up in Nevada. Volunteers will be distributing snacks and water at polling locations with long wait lines -- of 30 minutes to an hour or more -- a courtesy which has been challenged in court in other states.

Disclosure: Silver State Voices contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Civic Engagement, Health Issues, and Human Rights/Racial Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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