KUNR Today: Open primary, ranked-choice ballot measure raises $2.2 million in 2022 first quarter

Voting in Nevada

Nevada is getting a new top federal prosecutor following the confirmation of Democratic state Assembly leader Jason Frierson as U.S. Attorney in Las Vegas. Democratic U.S. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen hailed Frierson’s confirmation Wednesday. They noted the position had remained open since the February 2021 resignation of Nicholas Trutanich.

Federal prosecutor Christopher Chiou served as interim head of the office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada has some 120 employees in Las Vegas and Reno. Frierson’s appointment comes a little more than a week after Spencer Evans was named the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s Las Vegas field office.

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Open primaries effort rakes in $2 million, expected to meet its petition goal

Primary TIR

Advocates championing a ballot initiative to change Nevada’s election system to include open primaries and ranked choice voting in the general election are celebrating a $2 million milestone this month.

Nevada Voters First (NVF) representatives said not only did it have that massive haul of donations in the first three months of this year, it has nearly 65% of the signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot this November.

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Open primary, ranked-choice ballot measure raises $2.2 million in 2022 first quarter

Voting in Nevada

Backers of a proposed ballot question aiming to overhaul Nevada’s election system by establishing open primaries and a ranked-choice general election announced a sizable fundraising total of more than $2 million in the year’s first three months.

The announcement, arriving on the Friday deadline to submit campaign finance reports for the first quarter of 2022, follows a legal challenge to the “Better Voting Nevada” initiative. Ultimately, a district court judge ruled that the changes the measure proposes to both primary and general elections do not violate the single-subject rule for ballot initiatives. The ruling is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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