LAUGHLIN — Searchlight and Laughlin each have one voting center Nov. 6 for the midterm elections.
The Searchlight Community Center, 200 Michael Wendell Way, is where Searchlight residents will want to go to submit their vote. Laughlin residents will go to the Laughlin Library, 2840 S. Needles Highway. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Laughlin voters will decide, if they haven’t already by participating in early voting, numerous items including six ballot questions, Sen. Dean Heller’s U.S. Senate seat, U.S. representative for district 3, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, district 1 and 12 controller, district 1 and 12 board of regents, state senate, state assembly, three state supreme court seats, district attorney, Clark County assessor, Clark County clerk, Clark County recorder, Clark County treasurer, and Nevada Eighth Judicial Court department 18 judge.
Six Ballot Questions
Question 1 would amend the Nevada State Constitution by repealing existing rights of victims of crimes and replacing them with Marsy’s Law.
Marsy’s Law serves as a victim’s bill of rights. The law includes, but is not limited to, items such as ensuring crime victims are treated with fairness and respect and are free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the justice process; ensures victims are given reasonable notice of all public proceedings and can be present at all public proceedings; ensures victims receive timely judgment of a case; requires victims be informed of the conviction, sentence, incarceration and release date of the defendant.
A ‘yes’ vote supports the amendment to replace current provisions with Marsy’s Law and a ‘no’ vote opposes making the amendment to the state constitution.
Question 2 is a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products. A ‘yes’ votes shows support of exempting those products from state and local sales taxes and a ‘no’ vote opposes the measure. Proponents for passage argue that these items are not a luxury and are a necessity of life for women age 12-55 and should be treated like other medically necessary items that are exempt from sales and use tax. Loss of revenue is the primary argument against passage. It is estimated that the state could see a revenue loss of $5 million-$7 million per fiscal.
Question 3, if approved, is a constitutional amendment that requires the legislature to provide by law for an open competitive retail electricity market by 2023.
If passed, Nevada legislature would add protections entitling customers to safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity; protects against service disconnects and unfair business practices and prohibits monopolies and exclusive franchises.
A ‘yes’ votes supports the constitutional amendment which requires the state legislature to make those changes already listed and to declare that everyone has the opportunity to choose an electric service provider.
A ‘no’ vote opposes the amendment. Those opposing the amendment argue that there is no evidence to support that deregulation provides additional choice, advances renewable energy or creates lower rates.
Question 4 is a medical equipment sales tax exemption constitutional amendment. The amendment would require the state legislature to exempt durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed for human use from sale and use taxes.
A ‘yes’ vote supports the constitutional amendment while a ‘no’ vote does not. Proponents argue that a yes vote will help sick, injured and dying patients by eliminating unnecessary sales tax on medical equipment. Opponents of the amendment argue that it is a poorly worded amendment without clear definitions of what specific equipment will be exempt, will put an undue burden on the budget and uses the law to provide special privileges to a special interest group.
Question 5, if approved, will establish an automatic voter registration system in the state through cooperation of the Secretary of State, Department of Motor Vehicles and county clerks. An individual who submits an application for the issuance or renewal of a driver’s license or identification card or even a change of address at the department of motor vehicles would have that information automatically sent to the secretary of state and county clerk for voter registration. Citizens could opt out of automatic voter registration.
A ‘yes’ vote supports implementing automatic voter registration and a ‘no’ vote opposes it. Proponents argue that an outdated voter registration system makes it difficult for residents to perform their fundamental right to vote. Opponents argue that it is the right of each individual to determine if they want to vote not the government and add additional costs to both DMV and Secretary of State budgets.
Question 6 proposes an amendment to the state constitution requiring electric utilities to acquire 50 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
A ‘yes’ vote supports making that amendment while a ‘no’ vote opposes it. Proponents argue that it is the only way to ensure growth of renewable energies, ensuring cleaner air. Opponents argue that energy mandates are reckless and that concrete language in the constitution isn’t the best way to mandate changes.
Offices on the ballot
Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen
Incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller
Independent American Party Kamau Bakari
Libertarian Tim Hagan
Independent Barry Michaels.
U.S. Representative District 3
Democrat Susie Lee
Republican Danny Tarkanian
Independents David Goossen, Tony Gumina and Gilber Eisner
Independent American Party Harry Vickers
Libertarian Steven Brown
Democrat Steve Sisolak
Republican Adam Laxalt.
Independent American Party Russell Best
Libertarian Jared Lord
Independent Ryan Bundy
Democrat Kate Marshall
Republican Michael Roberson
Independent American Party Janine Hansen
Independent Ed Uehling.
Nevada Attorney General
Democrat Aaron Ford
Republican Wes Duncan
Independent American Party Joel Hansen.
Nevada Secretary of State
Incumbent Republican Barbara Cegavske
Democrat Nelson Araujo.
Nevada State Treasurer
Republican Bob Beers
Democrat Zach Conine
Independent American Party Bill Hoge.
Incumbent Republican Ron Knecht
Democrat Catherine Byrne
Districts 1 Board of Regents
Jo Cato are running
Districts 12 Board of Regents
Nevada State Senate
Incumbent Republican State Sen. Joe Hardy
Democrat Craig Jordahl
Nevada State Assembly
Republican Glen Leavit
Independent American Party Ralph Preta
State Supreme Court seat C
State Supreme Court seat F
Abbi Silver unopposed
State Supreme Court seat G
Steven Wolfson unopposed.
Democrat Robert Telles
Republican Thomas Fougere
Independent American Party Victoria Kay DaCosta
Clark County Assessor
Republican Gina McClain
Democrat Briana Johnson
Clark County Clerk
Democrat Lynn Goya
Republican Minddie Lloyd
Clark County Recorder
Republican Jill MacFarlane
Democratic incumbent Debbie Conway.
Clark County Treasurer
Republican Phil Collins
Incumbent Democrat Laura Fitzpatrick
Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court (three seats up for reelection)
Laughlin and Searchlight - Department 18
Incumbent Mark Bailus
Mary Kay Holthus