The State of Nevada and its Chief Elections Officer, Secretary of State Ross Miller, are committed to ensuring that absent service members, their spouses and dependents, and citizens living overseas are able to exercise their right to vote.
Currently, more than 16,000 uniformed service members and 8,000 spouses and dependents claim Nevada as their voting residence. Because Nevada is home to several military installations including Nellis Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station in Fallon, the state is proactive in addressing concerns of military and overseas voters, particularly the sometimes confusing national patchwork of laws and regulations governing absentee voting.
Secretary of State Miller actively works with the state legislature on changes to Nevada’s elections laws related to military voters. In 2011, he urged Nevada’s enactment of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act (UMOVA). Nevada is one of only a handful of states to implement the Act, simplifying the absentee voting procedures for the state’s Covered Voters. Nevada utilizes the latest technology to ensure service members can register to vote, and receive election information and their ballots electronically. Through the Secretary of State’s website, www.nvsos.gov, a service member can determine whether his or her ballot has been received and counted.
Secretary Miller ensures Nevada’s service members have the guidance and materials they need to participate in the election process by supporting Nevada’s Yellow Ribbon Program events and publishing Nevada’s Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Guide.
As the 2012-2013 president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, Secretary Miller believes voting rights education and service member access to voting are the highest priorities within NASS and his own administration.