The Nevada Senate has approved extending voter registration deadlines on a party-line vote. Senators late Thursday passed AB440 on a vote of 11-10. It now goes back to the Assembly for a technical adjustment before heading to the governor and an uncertain fate. The bill extends voter registration through the end of early voting, now the Friday before an election. People who register in person during early voting would be allowed to cast a ballot immediately.
Registration currently closes three weeks before an election. More than 7,000 people registered after the cutoff last year.
Republicans argue Nevada provides ample opportunity to register and the change would invite fraud.
Democrats say longer registration periods will help military personnel and people who become interested in elections late in the process.