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Secretary of State Eases Election Restrictions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is dropping a plan to prohibit local voting officials from releasing unofficial election results without his approval after state Democrats and the Nevada Press Association complained.

The change is part of a series of proposed regulations that would also impact voter registration, business license applications and electronic documents submitted to the state.

Hearings on the changes are being held this month in Carson City and Las Vegas.

Critics say the plan to forbid county clerks from disclosing their unofficial election results until the secretary of state received them from every county would have hurt campaigns and news organizations.

Another proposed change would clarify that political parties can pick candidates to fill a U.S. House vacancy. That provision was debated in state court this year.

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