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Gov. Sisolak rejects ballot harvesting registration request

Posted at 5:29 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 08:59:09-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak rejected an emergency request from Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske to require ballot harvesters to register with her office before the Nov. 3 election in a letter Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

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Cegavske, a Republican, made the request in an attempt to avoid perceived voter fraud in the mostly mail-in election.

In his letter, Sisolak said the request was an attempt to politicize the election process and questioned the efficiency of registering ballot harvesters in preventing perceived fraud.

Cegavske's request came in response to the passage of Assembly Bill 4, a bill sending a mail-in ballot to all registered Nevada voters and allowing for bulk ballot collection by third parties, during the state legislature's second special session.

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AB4 has been deeply politicized since passage with Democrats saying it allows for a free and fair election safely during the coronavirus pandemic and the Trump administration suing to block the bill over perceived potential for voter fraud.

Cegavske created and implemented a majority mail-in election during the June primary elections, but bulk ballot collection wasn't allowed during those races.