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January 16, 2019

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Nevada high court slates arguments in voter signatures case

The Nevada Supreme Court plans oral arguments next month on the lingering question of whether voters can have their signatures removed from petitions submitted in a state recall bid.

The seven justices are scheduled Feb. 5 in Carson City to hear an appeal arising from a failed Republican-backed attempt last year to recall Democratic state Sens. Nicole Cannizzaro and Joyce Woodhouse.

A state court judge in Las Vegas upheld removing the names of more than 2,300 Democratic voters from petitions before Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske found last April that GOP campaigns fell short by at least 1,500 signatures of triggering recall elections.

Recall backers didn't allege misconduct, and no reason is required.

Removing two Democrats would have jeopardized Democratic control of the state Senate.