Judge rejects lawsuit against open primary ballot question

Mid-Term Voting

A Carson City judge on Thursday rejected a challenge to a political action committee’s efforts to bring open primaries and ranked-choice voting in general elections to Nevada.

District Court Judge James Wilson rejected a lawsuit filed by Democratic Party-aligned attorneys on behalf of former Democratic Party staffer Nathan Helton, whose complaint attempts to block a ballot initiative that would ask voters to approve open primaries and rank-choice voting.

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Lawsuit seeks to block proposed open primary, ranked choice ballot initiative

Voting Lawsuit

A voter represented by high-profile Democratic election law attorneys has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a nascent ballot initiative aimed at transforming the state’s election system to open primaries with a ranked-choice general election.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in Carson City District Court by Nathan Helton, a registered voter in Churchill County who has worked for a variety of Democratic Party-aligned candidates and campaigns. According to his LinkedIn profile, he most recently worked as a regional representative for Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

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