Lawmakers are reviewing four Democrat-sponsored bills that would make voting easier and add more opportunities to register. Members of the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee held a hearing Monday for measures including SB237, a bill sponsored by Sen. Pat Spearman that would allow people to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day. She’s also sponsoring SB203, which would allow people to vote at central polling centers in their home county on Election Day rather than only their designated neighborhood polling place. The measure also allows teens as young as 16 to pre-register to vote, and calls for the secretary of state to create a mobile app that could be used to register.
Spearman said the app could be funded by $2 million in savings by migrating from paper to emailed sample ballots. “If the goal here is to increase civic responsibility, why not speak the language of the people that we’re really trying to do outreach to?” she said.
Other bills on the agenda included SB331, which allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to electronically forward voter registration applications to county clerks rather than send only paper forms, and SB316, which would require Clark and Washoe counties to keep early voting centers open at least four hours on Sundays.