And why haven’t the Nevada Revised Statutes been updated to reflect all the changes associated with that date shift?
According to the Nevada Revised Statutes posted online:
NRS 293.175 Date of primary election; nomination of candidates; applicability of provisions governing nominations.
1. The primary election must be held on the 12th Tuesday before the general election in each even-numbered year.
2. Candidates for partisan office of a major political party and candidates for nonpartisan office must be nominated at the primary election.
3. Candidates for partisan office of a minor political party must be nominated in the manner prescribed pursuant to NRS 293.171 to 293.174, inclusive.
4. Independent candidates for partisan office must be nominated in the manner provided in NRS 293.200.
5. The provisions of NRS 293.175 to 293.203, inclusive, do not apply to:
(a) Special elections to fill vacancies.
(b) The nomination of the officers of incorporated cities.
(c) The nomination of district officers whose nomination is otherwise provided for by statute.
(Added to NRS by 1960, 243; A 1963, 1387; 1983, 1116; 1985, 268; 1987, 1366; 1989, 226; 1999, 1392, 3550; 2001, 672; 2005, 1434)
So you see, I’ve been happily going my way thinking that the primary will be mid-August, when in fact, the primary will be held on June 8th, with early voting beginning on May 22nd. Now, I know that a group of grassroots activists tried to make this happen in the 2005 legislative session, but all the meat of that legislation was stripped out at the last minute and the bill passed in no way reflected the wishes of the activists, so what happened? Is this the one thing that the state legislature was able to do in the last session? It appears so. Introduced on March 2, 2009, it passed inthe Senate on April 13th and the Assembly on May 19th, just 2 weeks before the session ended on June 2nd. How they found the time to sneak this in amidst all the budget battles is beyond me, but I digress.
Senate Bill 162. (pdf)
Senate Bill No. 162–Senators Woodhouse, Coffin, Wiener,
Horsford; Breeden, Copening, Parks and Schneider
AN ACT relating to elections; revising the date of the primary election to the second Tuesday in June of each evennumbered year; revising the provisions governing the registration of voters by mail; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
Legislative Counsel’s Digest:
Section 6 of this bill changes the date of the primary election from the twelfth Tuesday before the general election of each even-numbered year to the second Tuesday in June of each even-numbered year. (NRS 293.175) To provide an example, if the provisions of this bill had been in effect in 2008, the primary election would have been held on June 10, 2008, instead of August 12, 2008.
As a result of changing the date of the primary election, sections 1-5, 7-12 and 14-17 of this bill amend various other dates relating to elections such as the date for filing declarations of candidacy.
Section 16 of this bill changes the date on which a voter’s registration or correction of registration information is deemed to be effective to the earlier of the date on which the application is postmarked or received by the county clerk.
hmmm…don’t you think the Nevada legislature should make sure that their ONLINE version of the NRS actually matches the current version?
Oh, and another thing…if you are an independent candidate in Nevada, your filing dates to get on the ballot are the same as for candidates from major parties, even though your name will not appear on the primary ballot. And you have to jump through a lot more hoops to get your name on said ballot. The Rs and the Ds do have a lock on things in this state.