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Nevada governor signs law to automatically send mail ballots

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In this Nov. 5, 2020, photo, a county election worker moves boxes of mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law Friday a measure requiring mail-in ballots to be automatically sent to active voters in future elections.

The new law indefinitely extends policies that the Democratic governor approved last year amid the pandemic.

Sisolak signed the bill at a ceremony in Las Vegas on Friday with Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, a Democrat who pushed for the change.

The measure also aims to improve Nevada’s voter roll maintenance and signature verification procedures. It requires vote counters complete a forensic signature verification course.

It also directs election officials to compare their list of registered voters to Nevada’s Registrar of Vital Statistics on a monthly basis to purge dead people from voter rolls.