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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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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