Richard Reynoso, a poll watcher from Las Vegas told me that a number Culinary Union members heavily relied upon the sample ballot handed to them by their union before voting last week during the early voting period between October 16 and October 29. LISTEN HERE
“One of them in particular, her name was Esperanza. I asked her who she voted for and she said that she couldn’t remember and she had to look at her list, and she had her list that was given to her by the union and that’s what she voted by—using that voting paper that they gave them, and they were told this is what they should vote.” Sample Union Ballot in English Sample Union Ballot in Spanish
He asked her in Spanish his question, as her English, according to Mr. Reynoso, was limited, and she pointed to Senator Reid’s name. It should be noted that Reynoso is in the video released recently by a group of individuals who came out against Harry Reid.
Mr. Reynoso said he talked to approximately 15 people who gave him a similar story. According to him, about three individuals knew who they were voting for, and about 12 knew how to use the handout the Culinary Union gave them.
The ACLU in Nevada states the following about showing identification, early voting, and election day voting on November 2. It should be noted that even a utility bill is an accepted form of ID:
Do I have to show ID?
Probably not. Most voters won’t need to show ID at all.
You only need to show ID if:
(1) this is your first time voting in a federal election in Nevada;
(2) you registered to vote by mail; and
(3) you didn’t provide any ID either when you registered or after receiving a letter from your county clerk. You may be required to show ID if your county clerk sent you a letter indicating that there are problems with your registration.
What are the accepted forms of ID?
Accepted forms of ID include a current and valid Nevada Driver’s License, Nevada ID card, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other document issued by a government entity with your name and residential address.
Can I vote before Election Day?
Yes. Any registered voter can vote before Election Day by casting an absentee ballot or by casting a ballot in person at an early voting center.
How do I vote early in person?
Early voting takes place between Saturday, October 16, and Friday, October 29. The complete early voting schedule is available on the Secretary of State’s website. You can also check your local newspaper or call your county clerk for specific hours and locations.
How do I get an absentee ballot?
You have to submit an application that must be received by your county clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26. You can get an application from your county clerk.
What’s the deadline for returning my absentee ballot?
To be counted, your absentee ballot must be received by your local election official at their designated offices by 7 p.m. on November 2. You can’t drop off your ballot at a polling place.
What if I decide to vote at the polls instead of by absentee ballot?
You can surrender your absentee ballot at the polls and vote a regular ballot.
If you don’t bring your absentee ballot, you have to show ID and sign a statement saying that you haven’t voted yet in this election.
VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
When is Election Day?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
When are the polls open?
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You have the right to vote if you’re in line or inside your polling place when the polls close.
Where do I vote?
On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling place.
Your assigned polling place will be in your sample ballot and on the voter registration card that you should receive by mail
There have been reports last week that unions bussed their members from casinos to polling stations to vote early. National Review‘s Elizabeth Crum is now reporting, “Harrah’s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign.”