Six statewide ballot measures are certified to appear on the Nevada ballot on November 6, 2018.
Download our 2018 voting guide here.
1- victim's rights
Question 1 would, according to the amendment's text, provide crime victims with specific rights, including the right to (a) be treated with fairness and respect and be free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse throughout the criminal justice process; (b) be reasonably protected from the defendant; (c) have the safety of the victim and victim's family considered when setting bail; (d) prevent release of information the defendant could use to locate the victim; (e) refuse an interview or deposition unless under court order; (f) reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency; (g) reasonable notice of all public proceedings and be present at all public proceedings; (h) be reasonably heard at any public proceeding; (i) timely judgment of a case; (j) provide information to officers concerning the impact of the crime on the victim; (k) be informed of the conviction, sentence, incarceration, and release date of the defendant; (l) full and timely restitution; (m) prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence; (n) be informed of all post-conviction proceedings; (o) have the safety of the victim, the victim's family, and the public considered before any parole; (p) have restitution money first applied to the amount ordered to the victim; and (q) be informed of the rights in the amendment.
tax on feminine products
Question 2 would create a state and local sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products. The measure would define feminine hygiene products as sanitary napkins and tampons. The exemption from sales taxes would go into effect on January 1, 2019. As of February 1, 2018, 14 states did not have a sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
Question 3 was designed to prohibit electricity monopolies, thus ending the monopoly that NV Energy has in the state. The measure would place a guarantee in the Nevada Constitution that energy customers have the right to choose their energy provider and generate their own for resale. If the amendment is approved, the Nevada Legislature would be required to pass laws by July 1, 2023, establishing an "open, competitive retail electric energy market" and entitling customers to "safe, reliable, and competitively priced electricity." The measure would allow the legislature to permit NV Energy or another firm to maintain a monopoly on the electricity distribution grid, such as transmission lines.
4- Sales tax exemption for medical equipment
Question 4 would require the Nevada State Legislature to exempt from sales and use tax durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment, and mobility enhancing equipment prescribed for human use by a licensed health care provider. Examples of durable medical equipment, oxygen delivery equipment, and mobility enhancing equipment include oxygen tanks and concentrators, ventilators, CPAP machines, nebulizers, drug infusion devises, feeding pumps, infant apnea monitors, hospital beds, bath and shower aids, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and crutches.
5- DMV Automatic Voter Registration
Question 5 would establish an automatic voter registration system in Nevada. An individual who submits an application for the issuance or renewal of a driver’s license or identification card or an address change at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would have his or her information automatically forwarded to the secretary of state and county clerk within five working days for voter registration. Citizens would be permitted to opt out of automatic voter registration.
6- renewable energy standards
Question 6 would increase the state's renewable portfolio standards (RPS). An RPS is a mandate that electric utilities acquire a minimum amount of electricity from renewable energy sources. As of 2018, Nevada's RPS is 25 percent by 2025. Question 6 would increase the RPS to 50 percent by 2030. The initiative would define renewable energy to include sources such as solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric. Specifically, Question 6 would require an increased RPS each year until reaching 50 percent in 2030.