Election Contests and Ballot Measures

November 4, 2008 Nevada General Election

Nevada

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US President & Vice President (Nevada)
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Chuck Baldwin - REF
Darrell Castle - CON
Bob Barr - L
Websitewww.bobbarr2008.com
Wayne Allen Root - L
Websitewww.rootforamerica.com/home/index.php
John McCain - R
Websitewww.johnmccain.com
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Sarah Palin - R
Websitewww.palinforgovernor.com/
Cynthia Mckinney - G
Websitewww.runcynthiarun.org
Rosa Clemente - G
Ralph Nader - I
Websitewww.votenader.org
Matt Gonzalez - I
Websitewww.votenader.org/about/matt-gonzalez/
Barack Obama - D
Websitemy.barackobama.com
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Joe Biden - D
Websitewww.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice-president-biden
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US House of Representatives
Representative In Congress District 1
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Shelley Berkley - D
Websitewww.BerkleyForCongress.com
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Ken Wegner - R
Websitewww.wegnerforcongress.com
Representative In Congress District 2
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Craig O. Bergland - G
Websitewww.votebergland.org
Jill Derby - D
Websitewww.jillderby.com/
John Everhart - IA
Dean Heller - R
Websitedeanheller.com
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Sean Patrick Morse - L
Representative In Congress District 3
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Jon C. Porter - R
Dina Titus - D
Websitewww.dinatitus.com
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Central Nevada Senatorial District 18
Nevada House
Assembly District 32
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Marc Deal - D
Don Gustavson - R
Websitedongustavson.com
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James C. Kroshus - IA
Assembly District 33
Assembly District 35
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Pete Goicoechea - R
Websitewww.gopeteg.com
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Rachel Marie King - D
Assembly District 36
Assembly District 38
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Steven J. Dalton - D
Dennis C. Gomez - IA
Tom Grady - R
Assembly District 39
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James Arnold Settelmeyer - R
Websitewww.james4nevada.org
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Joetta Brown - D
David K. Schumann - IA
Assembly District 40
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Cheryl Lau - R
Bonnie Parnell - D
Websitewww.bonnieparnell.com
John Wagner - IA
Referendums and Ballot Measures
Question No. 1 Eliminate Requirement That A Person Must Reside In Nevada For 6 Months to Vote
Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to eliminate an unconstitutional requirement that a person must reside in Nevada for 6 months prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote in that election?Yes ? No ?EXPLANATIONThe proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution would remove language requiring that a person who is otherwise eligible to vote must reside in Nevada for 6 months before being entitled to vote. Currently, language in Article 2, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to vote must reside in Nevada for 6 months, and in a particular district or county for 30 days, in order to be entitled to vote. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that state residency requirements of this length are unconstitutional. The proposed amendment would remove the 6-month requirement, allowing the 30-day requirement to apply to both state and local residency.A "Yes" vote would change the language in the Nevada Constitution to allow a person who has lived both in Nevada and in a particular district or county for 30 days to register to vote in the next upcoming election.A "No" vote would retain the existing language which provides that a person must live in Nevada for 6 months, and in a given district or county for 30 days, prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote in that election.
Question No. 2 Transfer Of Property
Shall Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution be amended in order: to provide that the transfer of property from one private party to another private party is not considered a public use; to provide that property taken for a public use must be valued at its highest and best use; to provide that fair market value in eminent domain proceedings be defined as the "highest price the property would bring on the open market;" and to make certain other changes related to eminent domain proceedings?Yes ?No ?EXPLANATIONThe proposed amendment, if passed, would create a new section within Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution. The amendment provides that the transfer of property taken in an eminent domain action from one private party to another private party would not be considered taken for a public use.The State or its political subdivisions or agencies would not be allowed to occupy property taken in an eminent domain action until the government provides a property owner with all government property appraisals. The government would have the burden to prove that any property taken was taken for a public use.If property is taken by the State or its political subdivisions or agencies for a public use, the property must be valued at its highest and best use. In an eminent domain action, just compensation would be considered a sum of money that puts a property owner in the same position as if the property had not been taken, and includes compounded interest and reasonable costs and expenses. Fair market value, for eminent domain purposes, would be defined as the "highest price the property would bring on the open market."If property taken in an eminent domain proceeding is not used for the purpose the property was taken for within five years, the original property owner would be able to reclaim the property upon repayment of the original purchase price.
Question No. 3 Exemption From Property Tax Or From Sales And Use Tax
Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to require that, before it can enact an exemption from property tax or from sales and use tax, the Nevada Legislature must: (1) make certain findings regarding the social or economic purpose and benefits of the exemption; (2) ensure that similar classes of taxpayers must meet similar requirements for claiming exemptions; and (3) provide a specific date on which the exemption will expire?Yes ?No ?EXPLANATIONThe proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution would require the Nevada Legislature, before enacting an exemption from State and local government property tax or from sales and use tax, to find that: (1) the exemption will achieve a bona fide social or economic purpose; (2) the exemption's benefits are expected to exceed any adverse effect on the provision of services to the public by the State or a local government; and (3) the exemption will not impair the State or a local government's ability to make payments on outstanding bonds or other obligations for which revenue from the property tax or sales and use tax was pledged. The Legislature must also ensure that the requirements for claiming the exemption are as similar as practicable for similar classes of taxpayers and must establish a specific expiration date for the exemption.Currently, there is no constitutional or statutory language establishing specific provisions the Legislature must consider when granting an exemption from property tax or sales and use tax, nor is the Legislature required to include a specific expiration date for an exemption.A "Yes" vote would amend the Nevada Constitution to require the Nevada Legislature, before enacting an exemption from the property tax or sales and use tax, to determine that the exemption will achieve a genuine social or economic purpose, the exemption's benefits are expected to exceed its costs, the requirements for claiming the exemption will treat similarly situated taxpayers in a similar fashion, and the exemption will expire on a specific date.A "No" vote would retain the current constitutional language which does not require the Legislature to make these findings or establish an expiration date before enacting an exemption from the property tax or sales and use tax.
Question No. 4 Sales And Use Tax Act Of 1955
Shall the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 be amended to authorize the Legislature to amend or repeal any provision of this Act without an additional direct vote of the people whenever necessary to carry out any federal law or interstate agreement for the administration, collection or enforcement of sales and use taxes, and to repeal an exemption from the taxes imposed by this Act on certain aircraft and aircraft components?EXPLANATIONThis proposed amendment to the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 (Act) would authorize the Nevada Legislature to enact legislation amending or repealing any provision of this Act without obtaining additional voter approval whenever that legislation is necessary to carry out any federal law or interstate agreement for the administration, collection, or enforcement of sales and use taxes. The proposed amendment would not authorize the Legislature to enact any legislation that increases the rate of the tax imposed pursuant to this Act, currently 2 percent, without obtaining voter approval.Additionally, this amendment would repeal an exemption from the taxes imposed by the Act for the sale of aircraft and major components of aircraft to a scheduled air carrier based in Nevada. The language in the Act providing this exemption from the state's portion of the sales and use tax was declared unconstitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court in 1997. Thus, although the language remains in the Act, the exemption is no longer provided to air carriers. The Legislature cannot enact legislation to remove this unconstitutional language from the Act without voter approval.Existing law provides for the administration of sales and use taxes in Nevada pursuant to the Simplified Sales and Use Tax Administration Act, the Sales and Use Tax Act, and the Local School Support Tax Law. The state's portion of the sales and use tax is administered under provisions of the Act that were submitted to and approved by the voters at the 1956 General Election. These provisions cannot be amended or repealed without additional voter approval.Nevada has entered into the interstate "Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement" to simplify and modernize sales and use tax administration in order to reduce the burden of tax compliance for all sellers and types of commerce. To maintain compliance with the provisions the Agreement, the Legislature may be required to enact legislation amending the Sales and Use Tax Act and the Local School Support Tax Law in response to federal legislation approved by Congress affecting the Agreement or to interstate actions amending the Agreement. The Legislature has the authority to amend the Local School Support Tax Law without voter approval, but the Sales and Use Tax Act cannot be amended without voter approval.A "Yes" vote would authorize the Legislature to amend or repeal any provision of the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 without voter approval in order to carry out federal law or interstate agreements for the administration, collection, or enforcement of the sales and use tax, except for legislation that would increase the rate of tax imposed pursuant to the Act. A "Yes" vote would also repeal an exemption from the taxes imposed on the sale of aircraft and major components of aircraft to an air carrier based in Nevada. A "No" vote would continue to require the Legislature to obtain voter approval before enacting any legislation amending or repealing any provision of the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955, including legislation required to carry out federal law or an interstate agreement, and would retain the exemption for the sale of aircraft and major components of aircraft to an air carrier based in Nevada.
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