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Democratic National Convention kicks off with two Nevadans in the spotlight

Posted at 10:47 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 03:14:57-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In a night that saw former First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and actress Eva Longoria, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto brought the spotlight to the silver state and put the focus on mail-in voting.

"My home state took the advice of scientists and medical experts and listened to the people of Nevada to put in place a vote-by-mail system so voters have a lot of options this fall," she said."

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It's that bill - known as AB 4 - that drew not just criticism but a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's campaign. The bill requires all registered voters in Nevada to receive a mail-in ballot and adds additional in-person polling locations from June's election.

President Trump has claimed increased mail-in voting would lead to mass voter fraud.

"He has challenged us in court with a meritless lawsuit," she said. "One that our Republican Secretary of State has asked the judge to dismiss."

Senator Cortez Masto said voting by mail has been a secure and proven option for decades, one the president himself has opted for twice in the past year. In the middle of a pandemic, she says increasing access to voting was the right thing to do.

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"Well, Mr. President. Nevada is not intimidated by you. America is not intimidated by you," she said.

Tomorrow, another Nevadan will be in the spotlight. Yvanna Cancela is the first Latina state senator of Nevada and she'll be featured as one of the party's rising stars tomorrow. Our coverage will continue through the week and next week with the Republican National Convention.

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