On Thursday, the Nevada legislature took up a bill that would make the universal mail-in voting system implemented last year as a public health measure for the COVID-19 pandemic permanent.
As Nevada Independent founder Jon Ralston noted, the hearing was marked with Republican lawmakers furiously attacking the idea — including some who have previously spread pro-Trump conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being rigged.
This whole "I had one of my constituents tell me something that didn't seem correct" approach by @JillDickmanNV is… https://t.co/4uyBwmroRE— Jon Ralston (@Jon Ralston)1617316767.0
Now @AndyMatthewsNV, who worked for @AdamLaxalt who helped spread fraud lies about the election. Wants to know why… https://t.co/S83mw68mbg— Jon Ralston (@Jon Ralston)1617317962.0
Ralston noted that as this was going on, new data from the Nevada Secretary of State's office reveals the reason for GOP "panic" over voting expansions: the new registration data show that Republicans have now slipped to third place in Nevada, behind Democrats and independent/other.
Coincidentally, as this hearing is going, SOS releases latest voter reg figures that show why GOP is worried about… https://t.co/36ru299sCQ— Jon Ralston (@Jon Ralston)1617319793.0
The effort by the Democratic-controlled Nevada legislature to improve ease of voting comes as Republicans around the country try to restrict the vote, the most infamous case being the new restrictions in Georgia.