(Oct. 28) Carson City -- Secretary of State Dean Heller Thursday issued a stern warning to anyone -- including attorneys working for either major political party -- performing the task of serving as an election monitor, observer, etc., to abide by Nevada’s statutes relating to electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place entrance or face prosecution.
Heller said, "We have heard countless media reports about thousands of attorneys descending on polling places to ‘assist’ voters with problems that may occur. I want to make it clear to anyone who believes otherwise that I will prosecute to the full extent of the law anyone who attempts to intimidate, coerce or influence any voter at any polling place in this State. Such illegal activity will not be tolerated, no mater who the culprit may be."
Nevada Revised Statute 293.740(1)(a) states that it is unlawful within 100 feet from the entrance of a polling place "for any person to solicit a vote or speak to a voter on the subject of marking his ballot." The penalty for being found guilty is a civil penalty, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 per incident.
"I have already informed various media outlets that exit polling activities must be conducted outside of the clearly marked 100 foot zone for many of the same reasons that observers and monitors must abide by these strict laws,” Heller added. “Voters must not be dissuaded or intimidated from voting for the candidates of their choice by anyone who would seek to thwart that sacred right.
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