The Nevada Senate approved a bill Tuesday extending voter registration before Election Day, in some cases allowing same-day registration, and expanding voting hours in some jurisdictions. Senate Bill 144 was one of several election-related bills voted on as the Nevada Legislature faced a deadline Tuesday to pass bills out of their house of origin.
SB144 was approved on a 12-9 partisan vote, with state Sen. Patricia Farley, I-Las Vegas, voting with Democrats to approve it. Specifically, the bill extends voter registration until the last day of early voting, which is the Friday before a Tuesday election. Under existing law, voter registration closes on the third Tuesday before the election.
The bill also allows same-day registration at designated locations, providing the voter provides proof of identity and residency. They would have to vote at the same location.
The bill further authorizes counties to set up voting centers, where any eligible voter can cast a ballot. Another bill allowing voting centers was previously approved by the Senate.