Judicial Candidates Open (Zoom) House

Join the League of Women Voters of Nevada for opportunities to speak with our judicial candidates about what it means to be a good judge.

Many voters feel apprehensive about voting for judges because it’s hard to find information about what judges do every day, so we are inviting judicial candidates to meet with voters to discuss what judges actually do.

If you have questions about our judiciary or if you’re a candidate who is willing answer questions from voters, please RSVP for one or both of our Open Houses on Zoom:

Wednesday May 27, 2020 6 to 7:30 pm RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcu2tqzksHNOWfuEXjYGvukJBY7GmRzpo

Saturday June 6, 2020 1 to 2:30 pm RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kcOqsqzMiG9SzfogfbFhT2Xy04QlwHS8Y

Judicial Races Research Discussion Group

The League of Women Voters of Nevada is hosting a Judicial Races Research Discussion Group in Zoom on Thursday, May 21st, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  We will review what the different courts do, qualities of a good judge, and how to do research on judicial candidates.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Legal Motion to Gather Signatures Electronically

Fair Maps Nevada PAC filed a motion for a preliminary injunction on May 6, 2020, in federal district court to protect our and voters’ constitutional rights.  The Nevada Constitution includes a right to circulate an initiative petition and a right for voters to vote for or against ballot questions under Article 19, Section 2(1) and Article 2, Section 1.  While the U.S. Constitution protects the right to free speech and association and the right to vote and due process through the 1st and 14th amendments.

Due to the Governor’s emergency order to ‘stay at home’ and to practice social distancing when engaged in essential activities, which has now been extended to May 15th, we continue to be unable to circulate our amendment and voters are unable to sign our petition to qualify for the November ballot. 

We are, therefore, seeking a legal remedy that provides a secure, reliable, and virtual method to gather signatures as well as for a deadline extension to submit signatures for verification sufficient to replace time lost due to the state of emergency.  In both requests we ask for assistance that aligns with keeping Nevadans safe from COVID-19.

In a recent ruling on the Secretary of State’s power to interpret Nevada Revised Statutes to protect constitutional rights and the public’s health, Federal District Court Judge Miranda Du wrote that Secretary Cegavske was well within her sphere of power to enact regulations to carry out election laws for our upcoming primary election.  Writing about the Secretary’s decision to move to an all-mail-in voting plan, Judge Du wrote:

The Nevada Legislature has authorized the Secretary to enact voting regulations under NRS § 293.124. The section provides:

1. The Secretary of State shall serve as the Chief Officer of Elections for this State. As Chief Officer, the Secretary of State is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the provisions of title 24 of NRS and all other provisions of state and federal law relating to elections in this State.

2. The Secretary of State shall adopt such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of [the election laws under Title 24—NRS Chapters 293–306].

Nevada Revised Statutes also places ballot questions under the authority of the Secretary of State through Title 24, Chapter 295.

We are confident the court will recognize and protect our right to circulate a petition and voters’ right to enact or reject our ballot question in these extraordinary and very dangerous times.  With redistricting coming in 2021, our redistricting reform amendment is timely, and it is vitally important that every Nevadan has the opportunity to debate, consider, and vote on the issue.

You can read our court motion here:

Fair Maps Nevada PAC et al v. Cegavske et al Motion

Mrs. America Discussion Group

We are hosting a four-week discussion group on the Mrs. America series running on Hulu.  The series covers Phyllis Schlafly and the conservative response to passing the Equal Rights Amendment.

Hulu is offering a free one-month trial, so participating won’t dent anyone’s pocketbook.  We will meet on Monday evenings in May to discuss the history behind the series and ways that history is reflected today.

We will meet through Zoom on May 4, 11, 18, and 25th, 7 to 8 p.m.  If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/c9tMuuYoGhjMy9oC6


Redistricting & Redistricting Reform

We have an update to our Redistricting Reform event on Saturday, April 25th, in addition to Dr. Alex Keena, we are welcoming Mr. Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021, and Professor Rebecca Green, Co-Director of the Election Law Program at William and Mary Law School.

We will be discussing redistricting, redistricting reform in Virginia, and what could possibly happen if the Census data is not released until July of 2021.

Join us for this Zoom event, RSPV: https://actionnetwork.org/events/redistricting-reform-stop-gerrmandering-in-nevada/


Judicial Candidates Video Voter Guide

The League of Women Voters of Nevada presents a Judicial Candidate Video Voter Guide for the 2020 Primary.  We’re adding videos of the candidates to help Nevadans learn about our judicial system and the Nevadans who are running to be judges.

If you are a judicial candidate who would like to participate and didn’t receive our invitation, please contact Sondra Cosgrove  sondra.cosgrove@gmail.com