According to registration totals for Assembly 13 from the Clark County Election Department, 19,882 registered Democrats, Independent American Party, Libertarians, Independents and Other Party voters in Assembly 13 will not be able to vote for their representative in the Assembly.
Senate Bill 499 was passed this last session which disenfranchised these voters.
The election law used to state that in this type of election situation, if no candidate received a majority of votes (50% + 1), the top two would go to the general election where all registered voters could vote for their representative.
Previously, the law stated that if there were only two candidates from one major party, and no other candidates, the two would not have a Primary but both would appear in the General Election where every registered voter could vote for their representative. The changes made with SB499, these two candidates will now face each other in the Primary, where only voters of the Party can vote, and the winner will be the only one to appear on the General Election ballot, thus the winner of that race. Disenfranchising thousands of voters in that particular District.
Previously, if there were three or more candidates from one major party, and no other candidates, if one candidate received a majority of votes (50% + 1) then that candidate would be the winner and would be the only name to appear in the General Election. If no candidate received a majority of votes, then the top two would appear in the General election allowing all the voters in the District to vote for their representative.
The changes made with SB499 now state that with three candidates of the same Major Political Party in the race, and no other candidates, the candidate who receives the most votes (Doesn’t have to be 50% + 1) wins and his/her name will be the only name to appear on the ballot in the general election. Again, disenfranchising thousands of voters in that particular District.
You can view SB499 HERE. It’s a pdf file so scroll down to page 14 and you will see the changes made in BLUE.
You can see the Assembly vote on this bill here. Yes, Assemblyman for District 13, Paul Anderson, voted YES to this bill.
Current 2016 Primary elections which now disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters include:
State Senate District 4 (2 Democrats) 18,914 disenfranchised voters
Assembly District 13 (3 Republicans) 19,882 disenfranchised voters
Assembly District 19 (2 Republicans) 18,370 disenfranchised voters
This totals to 57,166 voters who not be able to participate in the election to elect their representative.
For ONE voter to be disenfranchised is a travesty. To have 57,166 voters disenfranchised should be a crime.