October 05, 2020
View NARA’s Forum on the Five 2020 Ballot Questions
Learn more about Nevada’s Five 2020 Ballot questions. Please see the general description of the issues from the Las Vegas Sun, followed by a link to NARA’s forum on September 30, 2020 with more information.
BOARD OF REGENTS
Question 1 on the ballot would remove the Board of Regents system from the state constitution, giving the Legislature more control over colleges and universities. The amendment would allow lawmakers to make changes without having to go through a five-year process of amending the constitution.
Though same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, Question 2 on the ballot would enshrine the right in Nevada’s constitution and remove existing language recognizing marriages only between a man and a woman. The amendment would also establish that religious organizations and clergy members have the right to refuse to perform a marriage.
BOARD OF PARDONS
A proposed constitutional amendment regarding the state Board of Pardons will be Question 3 on the ballot. The board, made up of the governor, state Supreme Court justices and the attorney general, would be required to meet at least four times a year. The amendment would also remove the governor’s power to veto a decision by the majority of the board.
Question 4 on the ballot would enshrine an existing voters’ bill of rights under state law to the Nevada Constitution. It would guarantee voters can have their ballots recorded accurately and can cast votes without intimidation or coercion, among other rights.
A proposal that will be listed as Question 6 would amend the state’s constitution to stipulate that electric utilities generate or acquire at least 50% of power from renewable sources by 2030. The measure was passed by voters in 2018 but needs voter approval again this year. Sisolak last year signed the same standards into law, but the constitutional amendment would make it much harder to change in the future.