Join the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada September 15th as we kick off our fall meetings with a presentation by the Guinn Center on all 6 of the 2018 ballot questions. You won’t want to miss it! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have received many questions about the difference between Ballot Question 3 and Ballot Question 6. Here is a brief explanation:
With two energy-related measures on the ballot this November, it can be confusing to understand how these two measures differ. Even though these measures are both about energy, they are not related. While Question 3 is about who provides your energy, while Question 6 is about whether utilities should get more energy from renewable sources.
What is Question 6? What is Question 3?
Question 6 is about how much energy utilities are required to get from renewables. If passed, the measure would require electric utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Right now, Nevada gets 80% of its energy from out of state from fossil fuels like gas, oil and coal.
Question 3 is fundamentally about who provides your energy. Proponents of Question 3 say that a YES vote would establish “an open, competitive retail electric energy market,” reduce energy market regulations, and prohibit energy monopolies. Opponents say that the measure would “dismantle Nevada’s existing electricity system” and lock a risky experiment into Nevada’s constitution.
How do these measures relate to one another?
No matter the outcome of Question 3, Question 6 would increase Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030. That means that no matter who provides your energy, they must provide 50% from solar, wind, and other renewable sources.
If Question 3 and Question 6 pass, what will happen?
No matter who provides your energy, Question 6 would require electric utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. If we have multiple suppliers of electricity due to Q3 passing, we will want to ensure those new energy providers all follow the same standard.
What happens if Question 3 fails and Question 6 passes?
No matter who provides your energy, Question 6 would require electric utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. If Q3 fails, we will want to ensure that NV Energy is held accountable to providing more clean energy and that Nevada once again becomes a leader in using renewable energy. After all, the sun and wind are abundant in Nevada and free.
What happens if both Question 6 and Question 3 pass?
If both Question 6 and Question 3 pass, new and existing utilities in Nevada would be required to get 50% of their energy from renewable sources like solar and wind.
Who supports these measures?
Question 6 is bringing together a broad bipartisan coalition of community groups, businesses and medical professionals behind a common goal: 50% renewable energy by 2030.
You can find all the information you need for the 2018 Primary Election in Clark County here:
Please join the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada on May 19th for a brainstorming session on increasing voter turnout. In Nevada, primary elections often have under 20 percent turnout, midterm general elections often have under 50 percent turnout, and some municipal elections often have under 10 percent turnout.
These numbers are scary in a representative democracy.
We simply must care as much about voter turnout as we do about voter suppression if we want effective and accountable government. Please help us by sharing your ideas for how to get more eligible voters to turnout to vote.
At our April 21st League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada community meeting, Saul Anuzis joined us to present on the National Popular Vote Compact. http://coasttocoaststrategies.com/index.php/saul-anuzis/
The meeting was lively and attendees raised good questions about the initiative.
In sum, the National Popular Vote Compact aims to use the states’ power to manage elections to ensure that the national popular vote winner and the Electoral College winner align.
This is not a constitutional amendment process. The League of Women Voters opposes Article V constitutional conventions unless safeguards can be put in place to ensure a convention called for one amendment cannot be used to advance other amendments.
Instead, the National Popular Vote Compact uses the constitutional allocation of election power to the states to modify the Electoral College process. There are some questions over possible legal challenges to the Compact, but currently there are no pending court cases.
There was a National Popular Vote Compact bill during our 2017 legislative session and it is possible the bill may come back in 2019; so, the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada would like Nevadans to be able to research the Compact and to ask questions before the legislative session begins.
The National Popular Vote Compact coalition’s website has both written and video explanations of the idea as well as answers to common questions. Saul also said I can reach out to him if we need more clarification. The website is: https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/
At our February community meeting we discussed the current program to process our backlog of untested rape kits. We heard that the funds allocated for this program are tied to a grant and so will not continue beyond the grant’s end date.
We also heard that no extra funds were allocated to hire more detectives to investigate alleged perpetrators identified through the rape kit tests.
Here is the presentation with all the details and statistics:
On April 17th we will continue discussing how to ensure that we do not slide back into another backlog of untested rape kits and that we have funds allocated in the future to hire more sexual assault detectives.
There will be an in-depth discssion of how voting in the midterms can address these issues. All of the offices that fund and manage sexual assault mitigation are up for election in November 2018.
This meeting is free and open to the public.