Clark County isn’t posting notices of where to vote on Election Day at sites historically used for voting but that are no longer being used as part of the county’s switch to voting centers, despite a call to do so by a Clark County Commission candidate.
County spokesman Dan Kulin confirmed Monday that county election officials had no plans to post notices at sites traditionally used on Election Day but are no longer being used in favor of “voting centers,” 172 locations throughout the county where anyone can cast a ballot, regardless of residence or precinct.
The decision comes after state Sen. and Clark County Commission candidate Tick Segerblom issued a plea to county officials on Saturday to post paper notices at sites formerly used as polling places to instruct “longtime voters” where to go on Election Day.
“The county needs to post notices of the location of nearby Vote Centers at old polling locations,” Segerblom said in a press release. “Although I appreciate that the county has conducted outreach to voters and advised them of the change in their sample ballot booklets, I am very concerned that longtime voters will continue to go to their old polling locations only to find them closed with no recourse to find a nearby Vote Center.”
Kulin noted that the county included information about voting centers on sample ballots sent to all registered voters in the county, and has several tools — including a searchable map — for voters to see which voting center is closest to their home, and a full list of the 172 polling sites on its website.
Segerblom said his campaign planned to have volunteers and staff at as many former polling locations as possible on Election Day, but said he brought the issue up so close to Election Day because he was shocked to learn the county wouldn’t have any sort of rudimentary notification for voters who show up to a site no longer in use.
“How hard is it to print something and put in on a door?” he said in an interview.
American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada Policy Director Holly Welborn said her organization and a handful of others were partnering to send volunteers and to post notices at most of the 170 or so sites previously used for voting before the shift to voting centers.
The county used 279 precincts in the 2016 election, and Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria said previously that about two-thirds of the 5,600 provisional ballots cast in 2016 were due to voters showing up at the wrong location. Vote centers have been used in several Nevada municipalities since 2007, but this is first election where they will be used county-wide.
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