Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller projects that 75 to 80 percent of Nevada’s registered voters will vote in this year’s general election, potentially matching the record turnout of 80 percent, or 970,000 voters, for the 2008 general election.
Miller, who was first elected in 2007 and is considered a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, is the state’s chief elections officer. His role during this overheated season, he says, is to “conduct myself in as nonpartisan a fashion as possible. My job is to enforce the rules equally on all sides.”
What is the biggest misunderstanding about the process in Nevada?
There are all kinds of people who will show up and want to vote on Nov. 6, and they can’t if they’re not already registered. Many come from states that allow same-day registration, and they’re not aware of Nevada’s rules. The last day to register for this year’s general election was Oct. 16.
What is a common problem this election cycle?
We’ve seen significant numbers of people update their addresses to vote at new polling places, and we’re assuming that much of it has to do with the home-foreclosure crisis. A significant number may have forgotten to re-register after moving. If people failed to update their information they can still vote at their old polling places or they can vote early at one of multiple locations through Nov. 2.
Have any new issues come up?
We’ve seen more out-of-state groups this cycle than I’ve ever seen. They are more organized, have more money and with that come more challenges—allegations of voting violations, voter-fraud complaints. Our voter-integrity task force is addressing all of this. I want to assure Nevadans that we count all votes fairly and accurately, and we maintain the integrity of the process.