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Election 2018

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Progressive group NextGen announces $1 million investment to keep Nevada blue in 2020

The progressive advocacy group NextGen America is ramping up its efforts ahead of the 2020 election in an effort to keep Nevada blue, with plans to spend $1 million on registering and turning out young people.


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Nevada avoids delays in election calls thanks to unpopularity of voting by mail

But Nevada has largely avoided that issue — quick calls on election night are a result of the state’s relatively strict deadlines for mail and absentee ballots and because of the popularity of early voting in the state, Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley said in an interview with The Nevada Independent. Thorley said being able to call races relatively quickly helped solidify the integrity of election results and cut down on misinformation that festers when ballot counting continues indefinitely.

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How energy choice, the most expensive ballot question in Nevada history, went from a slam dunk to an airball

When the money was tallied, opponents of the ballot question spent more than three times more than the amount reported by proponents. They were also able to bring together a diverse coalition of groups, including rural counties, organized labor, business organizations, pro-renewable groups, teachers’ unions and senior groups to publicly oppose Question 3 and appear in campaign ads laying out their issues with it.

The Indy Explains: How legislative and commission vacancies are filled

If nothing is certain but death and taxes, it’s inevitable that some elected officials will pass away during their terms — or sometimes before they even begin. Other vacancies arise when lawmakers resign before their terms end. So what happens when there’s suddenly an empty elected seat?

Governor-elect Sisolak announces engagement

It’s been quite the week for Democrat Steve Sisolak. Just days after winning a hotly contested race for governor, the chairman of the Clark County Commission announced his engagement to his girlfriend of five years, Kathy Ong, whom he called his soulmate.

Washoe turns Republicans blue

Washoe County used to be solidly conservative. But in recent years, it has emerged as the state’s only swing county, a fact that has often resulted in split tickets. The Nevada Independent explores why Democrats have been so successful and what that means for state politics and the Republican Party.

Nevada turnout figures show election was a midterm on steroids

The percentage of voters who turned out to the polls in Nevada was still lower than the 76.7 percent of voters who showed up in 2016 to cast their ballots in favor of then-candidate Trump or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But it was far and above the meager 45.6 percent voter turnout in the 2014 midterm

PHOTOS: Election Day hopes and fears come to fruition for political candidates

There was the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. As long-delayed election results finally poured in late Tuesday night, Democrats reveled in wins up and down the ticket, while Republicans mourned some bruising losses. In some cases, candidates’ facial expressions conveyed more emotion than words could ever capture.

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