Masto wades in on Nevada term-limits controversy

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Catherine Cortez Masto

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Tuesday filed papers with the state Supreme Court on behalf of the secretary of state, who has challenged 21 re-election candidates on grounds they've reached the 12-year limit for time in office.

Nevadans, in 1996, approved a constitutional amendment limiting the terms of service for certain public officers to 12 years.

"The voters added term limits to Nevada's Constitution to restrict the service of officials to 12 years," the Democratic attorney general wrote. "While the service of Nevada's devoted officials must be applauded, the voters' will must be faithfully enforced."

Secretary of State Ross Miller is seeking to compel Dan Burk, registrar of voters for Washoe County; Harvard L. Lomax, registrar of voters for Clark County; and Kelly G. Helton, Churchill County clerk, to exclude from their respective ballots the names of candidates who are precluded by the Nevada Constitution from serving additional terms.

Miller in an affidavit stated that the ballots for the primary and general elections must be prepared in time prior to the election dates of Aug.12, and Nov. 4.

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