Nevada has become the 21st state, along with the District of Columbia, to approve same-day registration for voters.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak last week signed a package of political process changes including language permitting Nevadans to both register and cast ballots on Election Day. Other provisions intended to make it easier for Nevadans to vote include:
Automatic voter registration: Eligible voters will be registered to vote when they apply for a Nevada driver's license or state ID card unless they opt out of registering. Voters approved automatic registration through a ballot initiative last November and this bill implements that decision.
Allowing people to vote at a site outside their precinct: Election officials are authorized to create sites that any registered voter may use.
Opening up absentee voting to everyone.
Under the new law, people voting after registering on the day of the election will cast provisional ballots that will be counted after the person's eligibility to vote has been verified. The secretary of state is required to establish a system, such as a toll-free phone number or website, where anyone can check whether one's provisional ballot was counted and, if not, the reason it was rejected.
A Brennan Center for Justice study released in April found that automatic voter registration had increased the number of registrations by between 9 percent and 94 percent above the increase that would have otherwise been expected. Nevada is the 19th state (along with D.C.) to approve automatic voter registration of some type. Studies have also found same-day registration increases turnout, but not by as much as AVR.
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RepresentUs acquired 8,000 signatures on a petition asking Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to keep working on a "revolving door" bill. Paula Barkan, Austin chapter leader of RepresentUs, handed the petition to Brandon Simon, Cruz's Central Texas regional director, on July 31.
Remember that tweet exchange in May between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the one where they discussed bipartisan legislation to ban former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists?
To recap: Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her support for legislation banning the practice in light of a report by the watchdog group Public Citizen, which found that nearly 60 percent of lawmakers who recently left Congress had found jobs with lobbying firms. Cruz tweeted back, extending an invitation to work on such a bill. Ocasio-Cortez responded, "Let's make a deal."
The news cycle being what it is, it's easy to forget how the media jumped on the idea of the Texas Republican and the New York Democrat finding common ground on a government ethics proposal. Since then, we've collectively moved on — but not everyone forgot.
The government reform group RepresentUs recently drafted a petition asking Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez to follow through on their idea, gathering more than 8,000 signatures.
Sixty percent of young adults in the United States believe other people "can't be trusted," according to a recent Pew Research survey, which found that younger Americans were far more likely than older adults to distrust both institutions and other people. But adults of all ages did agree on one thing: They all lack confidence in elected leaders.
While united in a lack of confidence, the cohorts disagreed on whether that's a major problem. The study found that young adults (ages 18-29) were less likely than older Americans to believe that poor confidence in the federal government, the inability of Democrats and Republicans to work together, and the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups were "very big problems."