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As we slowly begin to inch our way towards this season’s local elections, your familia at Make the Road Nevada wants to provide you with all of the information regarding how to prepare for the primaries, how to register to vote and more. 

We have partnered with three organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Silver State Voices and All Voting is Local, who have provided us with more detailed information to make this process easier for you. 

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and democracy truly works when everyone has access to the ballot box,”  said Sadmira Ramic, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney. “It is a fundamental right for a reason—without it, our country, states and communities would not be representative of its citizens. At times it might seem like one individual’s vote does not matter, but that could not be further from the truth.” 

It’s important that before you cast your ballot, you are informed of your rights, what the process will look like and who the candidates of this critical election are. Individuals should research political and social issues as well as the candidates and their work before making a decision.

Over the years there have been a series of election bills passed to make it easier for all Nevadans to access the ballot boxes. There are several steps to take to ensure that you and anyone else who qualifies, can vote in this year’s election, where and how. The first step: register to vote. 

How to Register to Vote

Voters can register to vote online using the Nevada Secretary of State’s website: https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterServices/start.aspx

Here you can also update or cancel any existing voter registration. If you prefer not to register online, you can also register to vote by filling out a mail-in voter registration form and mailing it to the county clerk/register provided here: https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/home.aspx

Three Ways to Vote:

  1. Vote by Mail-In Ballot
  2. Vote Early 
  3. Go to a Vote Center on Election Day

What Do I Need to Register to Vote Online?

A current and valid Driver’s License or an Identification Card issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you are unable to provide either of these, you must register in person with your county election office or mail in a paper application. 

What Do I Need in Person to Register Same-Day?

  • Current and Valid Nevada Driver’s License
  • Proof of Residency
  • A Nevada DMV “Interim Document”

Where Can I Vote?

Clark County: 

Primary Early Voting Centers: Early Voting Schedule: Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th

* Hours Vary Depending on Location

Here is a list of all voting centers in Clark County:

https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10516/637872644357300000

Other Important Dates in Clark County: 

Wednesday, May 25th: Deadline for the Start of Mailing of In-State Ballots

  • Must be ready to distribute no later than 20 days before election for in-state voters.

Saturday, May 28th through Friday June 10th: Early Voting

  • Anyone registered to vote in Clark County can vote at any early voting site in the county.

Tuesday, May 31st: Last Day to Opt-In Again to Vote by Mail

Saturday, June 14th: Election Day

Washoe County:

Primary Early Voting Centers: Early Voting Schedule

Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th. 

All Locations 10:00am to 6:00pm 

Here is a list of all voting centers in Washoe County: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10550/637879634585070000

Important Dates Washoe County

Wednesday, May 18th through Tuesday, June 14th: Online Only Extended Standard Registration

  • Register to vote or update existing registration online.

Wednesday, May 25th: Deadline for the Start of Mailing of In-State ballots

  • Must be ready to distribute no later than 20 days before election for in-state voters.

Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th: Early Voting

  • Anyone registered to vote in Washoe County can vote at any early voting site in the county.

Wednesday, June 1st through Friday, June 10th: In Person/Online & Same Day Registration

  • Register to vote in-person at any early voting site on Election Day

Saturday, June 14th: Election Day

If You Face Any Voting Issues Before or On Election Day, Please Contact These Hotlines: 

  1. 1-866-OUR-VOTE (English) 
  2. 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish)

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To register through Make the Road Nevada, please visit our office at 4250 E Bonanza Rd Suite 14 & 20, Las Vegas, NV 89110. Please also feel free to contact our Jessica Padrón, our Civic Engagement Director (jessica.padron@maketheroadnv.org) or our Democracy Specialist, Alexander Guerrero-Torres (alex.guerrero@maketheroadnv.org) if you have any questions or would like additional information. 

 

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We’re ending the month and beginning another with a bang at Make the Road Nevada. Starting on April 25th, we will be hosting our Blitz at the MRNV office, inviting staff and members for leadership and development training. 

The week-long event, which will end April 30th, will include a combination of classroom workshops and real field experience; these efforts will create confident and stronger community leaders in Nevada as we embark on the upcoming elections.

Training and workshops will be led by MRNV staff, ranging from our communications and civic engagement sectors to our organization sectors. Some of the topics that will be discussed include but are not limited to: housing, climate, fair scheduling and worker protections, immigration reform, and education. 

We are then continuing the momentum with our May Day march on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, May 1st. 

MRNV, the immigrant community, and allies will come together to celebrate immigrant workers and union labor—and to demand President Biden to deliver permanent relief for the millions  undocumented immigrants who call the United States home.

“May Day serves as a reminder that immigrant labor is one of the many ways immigrant communities contribute to this nation,” said Rico Ocampo, our Immigrant Justice organizer. “It’s important for families across the nation to march so their power and perseverance can be visible.” 

Please join MRNV on May Day at 6:00pm in front of the Bellagio fountains; we will be marching to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s Statue of Liberty. If you have any questions, please contact our Immigrant Justice organizer, Rico Ocampo at rico.ocampo@maketheroadnv.org

 

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As the Primary election season approaches, Make the Road Nevada wants to ensure you’re registered and informed so your voice is heard. Before you go to the polls, keep reading to learn how MRNV is getting the community registered and ready, and learn more about the primaries, your voting rights, and key dates to write on your calendar today.

This spring, we’re expanding our voting registration efforts in various locations across East Las Vegas, including local businesses, high schools, and Latinx neighborhoods. 

“By touching on several hemispheres of social life, our organization strives to ensure that the entire community of East Las Vegas has access to the information constituents need to feel empowered, knowledgeable, and confident to vote,” said Alex Guerrero, Make the Road Nevada’s Democracy Specialist. “Understanding the crucial role that voting plays in each individual’s life is the only way to most effectively project our voices as a pueblo.”

Key Dates: 

Early voting begins on May 28th, 2022 to June 10th, 2022, and the official Primary election date is June 14th, 2022. 

Primary Basics 

What Are They, Anyway? 

The primaries are the elections that allow political parties to determine the candidate who will go onto later elections to represent them. Nevada is a closed primary state, which means only party-registered voters may vote. 

“Due to the low voting turnout during primaries, it is indispensable that our community exercise its right to vote in order to choose leaders that will best understand, acknowledge, and act on the issues that ceaselessly concern Latinx and working-class communities,” said Guerrero. 

 Can I Vote? 

Before you vote in the —it’s important to know who can vote in the state of Nevada.

  1. You must be a United States Citizen 
  2. Be a resident of the United States for 30 days prior to the election 
  3. Be 18 years old—or turning 18 by the election 
  4. Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
  5. Have not been convicted of a felony—or have, but have had your rights restored. (Nevada does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. The right to vote is automatically restored upon release from prison.)

How Do I Register? 

You can register to vote in person—through as, as well—or by person. You must register at least 28 days before the election. Want to register online? You must be registered by the Thursday before the election you wish to vote in.

Know Your Voting Rights and Make Your Vote Count 

Stay in Line: If you’re in line but the polls are closing, stay in line! You still have the right to vote.

Create a Voting Plan: Make sure you find a location near you, and make sure to review their hours beforehand.

If You’re Not On the List at the Polls: You may cast a provisional ballot, which is verified by election officials and counted after it’s clear you’re qualified and registered to vote.

Mail-in Ballots: Registered voters will be sent a mail ballot. mailing will begin no later than 20 days before Election Day for in-state voters; no later than 40-45 days for out-of-state voters. No mail ballot packet by early voting? Call the Election Department at (702) 455-VOTE (8683) or email MailBallotRequest@ClarkCountyNV.gov

Do You Feel Targeted at Your Polling Place? There are laws protecting your decision to share who you voted for. You have the protected right to a private vote if you don’t feel safe. It is a federal crime to intimidate, threaten, or coerce anyone into voting for a particular candidate. To report intimidation at the polls, call The Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).

Oh, no! Made A Mistake? That’s okay! Simply ask a polling place worker for a new ballot.

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To register through Make the Road Nevada, please visit our office at 4250 E Bonanza Rd Suite 14 & 20, Las Vegas, NV 89110. Please also feel free to contact our Democracy Specialist, Alexander Guerrero-Torres (alex.guerrero@maketheroadnv.org) if you have any questions or would like additional information.

 

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Make the Road Nevada’s Youth Power Project is demanding clean water from the Clark County School District through their newest campaign, Water Access For All

Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo-Calderon and YPP members are fighting for equitable access to clean water, highlighting the risks of water-related health concerns; some of these risks include diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis A. According to their latest statement, with poor water quality, attendance and student health are at high risk of decline.

“As a student, it frustrates and scares me that millions of youth in the United States are impacted by lead poisoning,” said high school student and YPP fellow, Mia Albright. “Lower income regions are disproportionately impacted, as well. We deserve better.”

In effort to uplift their message, the YPP dedicated their Art in Action Night on March 22nd, 2022 to Water Access For All and World Water Day, encouraging students to raise clean water awareness through painting. Their efforts don’t stop there, though—they’re taking Water Access For All on a more musical scale next month.

On April 1st, 2022, the YPP will be attending singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s Las Vegas concert to spread awareness and recruit potential YPP members. The youth group will be handing out pledge cards and stickers in honor of their Water Access For All campaign.

Want to learn more about the importance of clean water in schools? Please visit https://www.yourethecure.org/water-access and contact our Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo-Calderon today.

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Are you 14-21, living in Nevada? Do you care about the issues in your community? Do you want to make a difference? If so, join the Youth Power Project! Visit the following link today: bit.ly/artnightypp

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Catch the latest Youth Power Project updates by following them on @youthpowerprojectnv on Tiktok and Instagram, and on twitter @YPPNV!

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Between February 28th and March 3rd, Make the Road Nevada visited Washington D.C. to take part in two rallies and to speak with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s and Representative Steven Horsford’s teams on immigration reform. Five MRNV members joined Rico Ocampo (Immigrant Justice Organizer), Itzel Hernandez (Health Equity Organizer), and Crystal Lugo (Digital Organizer) on the four-day trip, which began with the State of Our Lives rally on Monday. 

Hundreds united outside the White House on the eve of President Biden’s State of the Union Address, demanding Biden to keep his pre-presidential promises on immigration reform. Speakers across various organizations expressed their frustrations with the unkept promises—all feeling collectively cheated and disillusioned by the president.  The attendees urged the 46th president to grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, and also demanded him to deliver solutions on healthcare and climate matters.

 

“Biden, shine light on those who have been forced into the shadows; shine light on our people and give us a permanent solution: citizenship,” shared MRNV member leader, Areli. 

“Biden, act on what we put you in office for,” shared Northern Nevada MRNV member leader, Edurne. 

On Wednesday, March 2nd, MRNV staff and members met with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s team to discuss her stance on immigration reform and ask for her support. MRNV members, Jose, Ben, and Amparo shared their stories with the senator’s team for the first time. MRNV member and Nevada teacher, Ben joined MRNV in alliance after witnessing his undocumented students struggle internally and externally due to their undocumented status. 

“School is already stressful enough,” shared Ben with the senator’s team. “Being undocumented in this country adds unnecessary stress onto them.” 

MRNV member leader and DACA recipient, Jose shared his story with Cortez Masto’s team and explained his disappointment over not feeling fully accepted by the only country he has ever called home. 

“I’m tired of living a temporary life,” said Jose. “I’m not asking for a handout—all I’m asking for is a pathway to citizenship.” 

MRNV member, Amparo shared her story about being an undocumented mother of three, circled by limitations and little-to-no support from the United States due to her status. 

“I’m here in front of you expressing my stress,” shared Amparo. “I’m asking you to listen to us and put your hand on your hearts—be in community with us.”

On March 3rd, MRNV joined organizations outside the ICE building for the Communities Not Cages rally. The attendees chanted for change—calling Biden out on his adoption of Trump-era anti-immigration policies and demanding for ICE and CBP to be defunded, for detention centers to be shut down, for people to be freed, and for deportations to be stopped. 

MRNV safely returned to Nevada on Thursday night, bringing back new experiences and a stronger fight with them. Thank you for visiting, team! 

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Thank you, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s staff and Representative Steven Horsford’s staff, for speaking to our Nevada members and centering their voices.

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Missed our Washington D.C. trip? Check us out on our Twitter @maketheroadnv to view our Washington tweets, and visit our Instagram @maketheroadnv to view our Washington story highlight!

 

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The Youth Power Project and its members hosted an Art Night in Action these past few weeks.

They met on January 11,13,18, and 20 at the Make the Road office, 4250 Bonanza Rd. Suite 20. The purpose of these events is to remind the Las Vegas Youth of the immense power they own, and to continue the fight and empower new young leaders as they grow.

“YPP members joined together to paint their movement for International Education Day on January 24th. This was a lot of fun and empowering activity,” said Kathia Sotelo, Youth Power Project’s youth organizer.

The groups of young individuals came together and decorated t-shirts, jeans, and tote bags to raise awareness of the issues with education. Those issues include: banning pepper spray usage in schools, removing officers from schools, replacing them with mental health professionals, ensuring all students have access to a water bottle filling station in each school, and much more. They instilled positive messages in their tote bags to highlight their voices for change.

Eden Abebe, a youth power member, shared her experience. “Art in Action allowed me to express my passion for educational justice through a new lens. And I am so grateful for the opportunity to use our creativity to communicate critical issues!”

The Youth Power Project always welcomes new members to join in the fight for educational justice. In April 2019, over 90 youth leaders traveled from Las Vegas to Carson City to speak with their elected officials at the state capital. And hand them a letter on the critical issues that impact their daily lives. Not to mention they launched an educational justice campaign; this has resulted in standing meetings with the Superintendent of Clark County—the fifth-largest school district in America!

The Youth Power Project meets virtually every Thursday at 5pm. To volunteer or join the Youth Power Project, email our youth organizer, kathia.sotelo@maketheroadnv.org for any questions.

 

 

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As the number of COVID-19 rises in our state, according to the latest reports, it’s important to remember to get tested as soon as possible if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • nasal congestion
  • sore or scratchy throat
  • dry cough
  • lower back pain 

The CDC has recently changed its quarantine days from 10 days to 5 days. The shortened quarantine is because the virus occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior and to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Those who have tested positive but aren’t sick can return to work. However, those ill must stay home and no longer receive COVID-19 relief pay.  

“As a working-class, it is hard not to receive relief pay because I live paycheck to paycheck,” said Itzel Hernandez, our Health Equity Organizer. 

Not everyone is asymptomatic, and those who test positive should refrain from going out and remain home to keep others safe and stop the spread of Covid and other variants. 

Many places currently have a three-hour wait period for testing. Be sure to set an appointment with a clinic or pharmacy near you. 

https://bit.ly/vaccinekids

https://bit.ly/BoosterDoses

https://bit.ly/CovidTestingSitesReopening

The new Omicron Variant has been said to spread much faster than other variants and tends to be less severe.

Make the Road Nevada strives to inform our community and provide resources during these times. It is important to keep in mind that although the vaccine does not prevent people from getting COVID-19, It does help reduce symptoms, so the illness does not attack the body as aggressively as those who are not vaccinated. 

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for upcoming vaccination clinics, and check out https://www.immunizenevada.org/ for more information.

To learn more and access resources about Covid, check out our website’s resources: https://maketheroadnv.org/resources/

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Our offices are closed, but our team will remain available through email at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org or phone at (702) 907-1560. Leave a voicemail with your full name, contact information, and one of our organizers will call you back.

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In a letter sent to Sisolak on Wednesday, a coalition of 60 organizations called on the governor to instead find ways to increase revenue for the state

“Increasing revenue rather than cutting programs and services will not only help Nevadans today; it will also help ensure our economy recovers as soon as possible and will set a stronger foundation to help guard us against future economic downturns,” the letter read.

The group included several progressive organizations, such as Culinary Local 226, SEIU 1107 and Make the Road Nevada. But also signed on were less political groups, like the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Family Counseling Service of Northern Nevada……

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The Supreme Court decided that the current administration’s attempt to dismantle DACA and its protections was unlawful and struck it down. This victory for the DACAmented community has given us hope and drive to continue the fight for a clear road to citizenship. With this decision, renewals are being accepted, however, with this ruling the fees to do so may rise from the current price of $495. Many folks have lost their jobs and thus renewing the DACA of their children may be out of reach. Given this reality, we ask that you consider donating to our LV Dream Fund to help alleviate the pressures of financial hardship felt in these trying circumstances by our DACAmented families. All of the funds will be used to pay for fees related to renewing and applying for DACA.  http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

 

Make The Road Nevada fights for social justice. We stand with immigrants, the DACAmented, the undocumented, the LGBTQIA+ community, the Black community, and the working class. We stand with every community that faces injustices and we fight for our Nevadan community to become a better, more inclusive, and respectful community. Join us in our fight for equality and justice! Follow us on any of our social platforms.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Make the Road NV and school personnel joined the Youth Power Project leaders as they gathered in front of Desert Pines High School to combat the school-to-prison pipeline and call for the defunding of the Clark County School District Police Department. Angelica who is part of support staff in an elementary school, her role is to give support to predominantly black and brown elementary students. She recalls some deeply upsetting encounters, like a kid whose father was in jail, and a school assignment he wrote, which was about his biggest wish to see his father again.“In the back of his paper, he drew a picture of himself sitting down having a meal with his Dad. Unfortunately, this is another sad reality expressed by my students, many of them are growing up with their fathers in jail. Sometimes our presence alone represents that stable adult in their lives.”

 

That is exactly why we are promoting to defund the school police, to break the cycle of minority kids getting into trouble with the law due to school police and not having a stable relationship with their family in the future.

 

 Adam Allen a former Youth Power Project council member recalled being at school and feeling like he was in prison due to all the police surrounding the courtyard. That is why we must all keep fighting for a police free learning environment and higher investment in school counselors, nurses, and social workers. #DefundSchoolPoliceCCSD #PoliceFreeSchools

 

Sign your name to our petition to keep our kids in a safe place where they have access to restorative justice, counselors, nurses, and mental health resources and do not have the constant fear of being criminalized and put on the school-to-prison/deportation pipeline by school police. 

 

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