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Voter Registration Bill Appears Troubled

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A committee vote to extend voter registration in Nevada has been postponed after Democratic opposition spelled doom for the measure.

AB440 would extend voter registration to the Friday before a primary or general election. Under existing law registration closes three weeks before an election.

Republicans on the Senate Committee of Legislative Operations and Elections are against the bill, arguing it could increase the potential for voter fraud.

But two Democrats on the committee, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson and Mark Manendo, also questioned the need for the bill during a hearing Tuesday.

Democratic Chairwoman Pat Spearman pleaded with her party colleagues to pass the bill and send the debate to the Senate floor. After they balked, she postponed the vote until Thursday.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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