A bill to extend Nevada’s voter registration period ran into trouble on Tuesday when Democrats on a Senate panel questioned why it was needed. Sen. Pat Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, pleaded with her Democratic colleagues to pass AB440 and send the debate to the Senate floor. When that seemed futile, she delayed a vote until Thursday — a day before the deadline for committee passage — to let supporters try to sway Democratic skeptics Sens. Mark Manendo of Las Vegas and Kelvin Atkinson of North Las Vegas. The bill passed the Assembly in April with a 25-16 vote. The bill would extend voter registration to the Friday before a primary or general election. People who register in person during the early voting period would be allowed to cast a ballot immediately.
Under existing law, registration closes three weeks before an election.
Spearman, a military veteran and chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections, said the bill would help military personnel participate in the election process.
“I think anything we can do to help our men and women in the armed forces, I think that’s a good thing,” she said.
Critics countered that the change would invite fraud and