EDITORIAL - For Secretary of State
Term limits have shaped the race for secretary of state. Republican
state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, an 18-year veteran of the Legislature,
faces state Treasurer Kate Marshall, a Democrat. They can’t seek
re-election to their current posts, so they’re running for the job being
vacated by Democrat Ross Miller, also because of term limits.
The secretary of state has many duties. The office oversees state
elections, from voter registration to ballot initiatives to campaign
financing. It also registers and licenses businesses and corporations,
regulates the securities industry and maintains records for the
executive and legislative branches of government.
Sen. Cegavske vows to protect the integrity of elections in Nevada, which has lax
registration standards and no photo identification requirement at the
polls. A former small businesswoman, she understands the importance of
keeping the licensing process as simple and inexpensive as possible to
encourage more business creation. If elected, she said she would seek
legislation to allow county district attorneys to help the attorney
general prosecute securities violations and protect the public. Although
Sen. Cegavske voted with a bipartisan majority of lawmakers against
improved campaign transparency, she said she would support more frequent
reporting of election contributions and expenses. She supports
requiring candidates and office holders to report cash on hand when
filing reports. (Whether the Legislature will ever come around on the
issue is another matter entirely).
Ms. Marshall doesn’t support voter photo identification. And she supports allowing voters to register on Election Day, even though Nevada’s counties are ill-equipped to
handle registration duties while overseeing balloting. Ms. Marshall says
she’s a stronger advocate of transparency than Sen. Cegavske, but the
treasurer’s refusal to meet with the Review-Journal to discuss her
candidacy would suggest otherwise. Transparency and accessibility go
hand in hand.
The Review-Journal endorses Barbara Cegavske, who has the experience and work ethic to be an excellent secretary of state.