After the Palast Investigative Fund informed Nevada’s secretary of state of its intention to file a lawsuit against the state’s purging of registered voters, it came to light that Nevada had removed at least 90,000 voters from its rolls between 2016 and 2017.
> The Palast Investigative Fund announced the release of said list in a Monday press release. The group’s release notes:
> Rather than face [our complaints] in federal court, Nevada’s Republican Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske on Thursday turned over the list of every Nevada voter whose registration Cegavske cancelled in 2016 and 2017. … [The fund] is releasing the names of the 90,000 residents of Las Vegas and Reno (Clark and Washoe counties) removed because of evidence they’ve moved.
The voters were purged using a postcard method similar to those employed by several other states.
> Postcard-style purges work in the following fashion–noted in a previous Law&Crime article about similarly alleged shenanigans in Alabama:
> [The state sends] postcards to…voters. The [original] postcards were not forwardable–meaning if a voter moved, the postcard wouldn’t follow them to their new address. Postcards that came back as non-deliverable resulted in the state sending a forwardable postcard to the old address.
> If the second card was not returned within [a certain time frame], then voters were moved to “inactive” status. As many voting rights advocates have pointed out, such revisions of voter rolls disproportionately impact poor and minority voters–who tend to move around more often than their white and wealthy counterparts.
However, according to the Palast group, many voters purged in Nevada never changed residences at all:
> “Our experts, reviewing these lists, have found that the overwhelming majority of voters who have supposedly moved out of state or out of their home counties have, in fact, not moved an inch,” the press release notes. “most remain at their original registration address.”
> According to the fund, lawyers for the voting rights group filed a 90-day notice that they intended to file a lawsuit “on grounds of Nevada’s violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.” Apparently in response to this impending lawsuit, Cegavske recently released the list of purged voters for the past two years.
> Despite receiving the list of purged voters, the fund is still threatening litigation over the alleged “withholding [of] critical information about Nevada’s participation in the Interstate Crosscheck program.”