Nevada Voters Head to Polls Amidst High Stakes Primaries

Avery Emberly

Updated Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 6:06 AM CDT

Nevada Voters Head to Polls Amidst High Stakes Primaries

Nevada voters are heading to the polls for the second or third time this year to select candidates for highly competitive legislative races. On Tuesday, Nevadans will vote in primaries for Congress and the state legislature, with polls closing at 10 p.m. ET. The state operates a closed primary system, meaning party members can only vote in their own party’s primary.

Nevada facilitates voter participation by allowing same-day voter registration at the polls or during the early voting period. Additionally, every voter automatically receives a mail ballot unless they opt out, and these mail ballots are accepted up to four days after Election Day if postmarked on or before Election Day. To expedite results, the Secretary of State has encouraged the early tabulation of in-person and early-arriving mail ballots. However, Nevada will not release any results until the final voter in line at poll close has cast their ballot.

An interesting aspect of Nevada's ballots is the inclusion of a “none of these candidates” option. If it wins, the second-highest vote-getter advances. While Nevada lacks an automatic recount law, candidates can request and pay for a recount within three days of the canvass.

Currently, Nevada's congressional delegation consists of five Democrats and one Republican. First-term Sen. Jacky Rosen, who has raised over $10 million, faces Democratic challengers Troy Walker and Mike Schaefer in the primary. On the Republican side, candidate Sam Brown has raised $7 million and spent $4.6 million, and he is endorsed by Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Brown and Jeff Gunter are the only GOP Senate candidates to have raised at least $1 million.

Key races are taking place in Nevada’s 1st, 3rd, and 4th congressional districts, which include parts of Clark County, the most important county in statewide elections and most congressional races in Nevada.

In other political news, Ohio voters are heading to the polls in a district that Donald Trump carried comfortably in 2020. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Republican Bill Johnson, who served in Congress for more than a decade. Primary voters selected Republican Michael Rulli and Democrat Michael Kripchak for the special general election, with polls closing at 7:30 p.m. ET. Rulli, who won the Republican primary with a strong performance in Mahoning and Columbiana counties, is campaigning as a staunch supporter of Trump. As of the last Federal Election Commission filing deadline, Rulli had spent more than $600,000, while Kripchak had spent less than $8,000.

Meanwhile, a contingent of U.S. lawmakers from the House of Representatives made a commemorative parachute jump at Normandy on Friday, marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The event was organized by Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. The historic assault on D-Day launched the end of World War II, making this commemoration particularly significant.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the liberal-dominated Nevada is trying to rig the system with their so-called "facilitation" of voter participation. Same-day voter registration? Automatic mail ballots? This is nothing more than an invitation for fraud and chaos, designed to keep Democrats in power. The Secretary of State's push for early tabulation is just another way to manipulate the results before the final votes are even cast. And let's not forget the "none of these candidates" option, a bizarre loophole that could easily be exploited to undermine legitimate Republican contenders. Meanwhile, in Ohio, the Democrats are scrambling to find a candidate who can even come close to competing with the strong, Trump-endorsed Republican Michael Rulli. The liberals are desperate, and their attempts to commemorate historical events like D-Day are just a distraction from their failing policies and leadership. The people of Nevada and Ohio deserve better than these underhanded tactics and empty gestures from the left.

Liberal Bias:

Nevada's primary elections reveal yet another example of Republican efforts to suppress voter turnout and disenfranchise the electorate. The state's closed primary system is a blatant attempt to limit voter participation and maintain a stranglehold on power. Republicans are terrified of the diverse, engaged electorate that same-day registration and mail-in ballots empower. The GOP's resistance to early tabulation of ballots is nothing more than a thinly-veiled strategy to cast doubt on the electoral process and sow chaos. In Ohio, Trump sycophant Michael Rulli is trying to ride the coattails of a disgraced former president to victory, while Democrat Michael Kripchak fights an uphill battle against a well-funded, right-wing machine. And let's not be fooled by the Republicans' parachute jump at Normandy; it's a cynical ploy to wrap themselves in the flag and distract from their ongoing assault on democracy. The people deserve leaders who respect their rights and honor their voices, not these self-serving, power-hungry conservatives.

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