Nevada’s first special election to fill a House seat could be delayed because of a legal tussle over the contest rules.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday directing the Nevada Democratic Party, the Nevada Republican Party and Secretary of State Ross Miller to address whether the September special election can be rescheduled. The political parties and Miller disagree on the rules of the contest to fill the seat left vacant when Republican Dean Heller was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Miller initially announced the election was open to all. Republicans challenged his interpretation of the never-before-tested election law, and a state judge ultimately sided with the GOP claim that political parties should name candidates in the no primary contest. Miller appealed the ruling last week with the Democrat’s backing.
The looming election date doesn’t give the Nevada Supreme Court much time to come up with an answer, court officials said.
“We are concerned that the time constraints presented by this appeal provide significant challenges to this court’s ability to provide a thoughtful and considered review of the important issues and questions of public policy that may be at stake,” the court order reads.