The Indy Explains: Clark County begins five-day recount process in race determined by 10 votes
December 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
Clark County Election Department staff were on site bright and early at 5 a.m. on Monday to start a recount for the District C seat on the county commission — a process that election staff expect to take five days and that cost losing candidate Stavros Anthony nearly $80,000.
Indy Explains: The Electoral College: How a candidate can lose the presidency after winning a majority of votes
November 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
When a voter casts a ballot, then, it doesn't directly count in the presidential election. Instead, the vote is tallied with those of others who live in the same state, and the candidate with the most votes wins what is known as the “popular vote.” The designated electors for each state then cast their votes in mid-December. The results from that count determine who becomes president.
The Indy Explains: What to do if the wrong mail ballot is sent to your address
October 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
State and county officials say that ballots are sent to the wrong address because of issues with keeping voter rolls up to date. Election officials are typically not informed when someone moves out of state or to a different in-state residence (unless they register to vote at that new address), so there is sometimes a lag between addresses listed on the rolls and actual residences of voters.
The Indy Explains: What are the deadlines to register to vote in Nevada for the 2020 general election?
October 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
The deadline —- which applies to mail and in-person voter registration — is most important for recent arrivals to Nevada or people who don’t have a Nevada driver’s license or ID card, according to Washoe County Registrar Deanna Spikula. State identification is key for registering to vote online or getting registered at a polling place on Election Day or during early voting, which begins Oct. 17.
The Indy Explains: Question 6, raising renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent
October 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
If approved, the measure would raise Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, to 50 percent by 2030. Lawmakers in the 2019 Legislature approved a bill (SB358) that gradually raises that standard to 50 percent by 2030, in line with the proposed constitutional amendment.
The Indy Explains: Question 4, enshrining voting rights in the state Constitution
The Indy Explains: Question 3, changing Nevada’s pardons and sentence commutations process
The Indy Explains: Question 2, removing same-sex marriage ban from Nevada’s constitution
The Indy Explains: Question 1, a measure that would strike the Board of Regents from the Constitution
How ahead-of-schedule energy storage adoption could help Nevada avoid blackouts, electric supply issues
The Indy Explains: Everything to know about Nevada’s expanded mail-in election
Indy Video: How is mining taxed in Nevada?
July 16th, 2020 - 1:23pm
Modern mining began in Nevada even before the Silver State joined the union, and it was the state’s dominant industry for decades. The framers even enshrined the industry’s favorable taxation structure in the Nevada Constitution in 1864, after an earlier attempt at passing a Constitution failed in part because mines would have been taxed the same as other businesses.
The Indy Explains: How the pandemic altered the state budget and led to a special legislative session
July 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
When state lawmakers convened in Carson City in February 2019, one of their chief tasks was approving a budget for the biennium. It's an operation that relies on a number of variables — most notably, tax revenue. Now, they're back in the state capital again to shore up an estimated $1.2 billion budget gap caused by the pandemic.
The Indy Explains: Your First Amendment rights as a protester
July 1st, 2020 - 2:05am
Protesters can and should prepare for protests by understanding their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble beforehand, lawyers say. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides an outline of protester rights, and professional groups including the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association organized a webinar with four panelists in early June to clarify the details and complexity of protester rights.
The Indy Explains: What happens to my ballot after I mail it in?
June 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
Designed to reduce the exposure of poll workers and voters to the coronavirus, the mail-in primary is the first in the state's history. Officials have carried out several awareness initiatives in recent weeks, including dedicating a website and hosting virtual town halls about the new process.
Indy Q&A: How do I participate in Nevada’s mostly mail primary election?
May 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada is trying to conduct its June 9 primary election almost entirely by mail as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with limited options to vote in person. Wayne Thorley, deputy secretary of state for elections, took questions from the public about the process in a Facebook Live town hall on May 11.
The Indy Explains: What’s happening with Nevada unemployment insurance? Initial claims for regular and PUA unemployment benefits up in past week
April 15th, 2020 - 12:24pm
To help keep track of the evolving situation, The Nevada Independent is compiling the latest updates on the unemployment insurance system in this explainer. Check back here for the latest on timelines for new benefits programs and initiatives meant to help ease the problems that claimants like Forman have experienced.
The Indy Explains: What unemployment insurance can — and can’t — do to ease coming wave of joblessness
March 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
On Saturday, state officials announced that the second week of March brought nearly three times the number of initial unemployment claims as the first week — the largest week-over-week jump in claims since current recordkeeping began in 1987. The nearly 6,400 claims in the week ending March 14 doesn’t yet capture the tumultuous past week, during which Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered “non-essential” businesses to close their doors.
The Indy Explains: New requirements that Nevadans adopt Real ID licenses
March 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Oct. 1 deadline is coming quickly for those who still need to get their Real ID — an upgraded driver’s license identified by a yellow or black star stamped in the upper right hand corner. The new identification card will be required for domestic travel via commercial aircraft and for entering any federal buildings or military bases.