Can­niz­zaro not shaken

State se­na­tor de­fi­ant as re­call bid ad­vances

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Colton Lochhead Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal

A group at­tempt­ing to oust Demo­cratic state Sen. Nicole Can­niz­zaro sub­mit­ted enough sig­na­tures Tues­day to ad­vance the re­call process.

The re­call com­mit­tee turned in 16,875 sig­na­tures to the Clark County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers on Tues­day af­ter­noon, two hours be­fore the dead­line to sub­mit at least 14,975 sig­na­tures. Pe­ti­tion­ers sub­mit­ted the sig­na­tures for two other re­calls the day be­fore their re­spec­tive dead­lines.

Can­niz­zaro, who was elected in 2016, said in a state­ment that she is “not in­tim­i­dated one bit by the shady spe­cial in­ter­ests and des­per­ate politi­cians be­hind this ma­nip­u­la­tion of the re­call process.”

“This plan to sub­vert the will of vot­ers in my dis­trict has been an ag­gres­sive and dis­hon­est smear cam­paign from day one, and I will be watch­ing the sig­na­ture ver­i­fi­ca­tion process closely this week,” Can­niz­zaro said. “I de­liv­ered for my con­stituents this past ses­sion when I passed laws to crack down on el­der abuse, pro­tect vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and put Ne­vadans back to work — and I will de­fend my record of re­sults to any­one.”

The county reg­is­trar’s of­fice will next pull a ran­dom sam­ple of 5 per­cent of the sig­na­tures to ver­ify they were done by peo­ple who voted in the race dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion. The per­cent­age of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers found in that sam­ple is ex­trap­o­lated across the en­tire count to de­ter­mine if it meets the count needed to force a spe­cial elec­tion.

The reg­is­trar’s of­fice will sub­mit the count to the Sec­re­tary of State’s of­fice for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Af­ter that, the anti-re­call or­ga­niz­ers will have five busi­ness days to re­view the sig­na­tures and present any le­gal


She and her 6-year-old son have been stay­ing with friends and fam­ily across the Las Ve­gas Val­ley since they left The Shade Tree shel­ter in late Septem­ber.

“It’s been tough ex­plain­ing to my son what is go­ing on,” she said. “I’ve had to switch his school three times al­ready this year.”

Franklin said she sched­uled a meet­ing for Thurs­day with North Star Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, a hous­ing provider.

“I’m hope­ful some­thing will work out, but I’m cau­tious at the same time,” she said.

Gre­gory Mc­cuin came for le­gal help.

An un­paid traf­fic ticket from a year ago had turned into an ar­rest war­rant, the 57-year-old said. He needs that war­rant taken care of to re­new his driver’s li­cense.

Mc­cuin said since he went on dis­abil­ity in April nearly half his in­come goes to rent. He wants to start driv­ing for Uber or Lyft to bet­ter make ends meet.

“I got to go to work, and I need some wheels,” he said. “If you don’t got no wheels, you’re dead in this town. It’s too spread out.”

Con­tact Michael Scott David­son at sdavid­son@re­viewjour­ or 702-477-3861. Fol­low @david­son­lvrj on Twit­ter.

Sen. Nicole Can­niz­zaro, D-las Ve­gas

Rachel As­ton

Tom Call­away looks through books at Project Home­less Con­nect at Cash­man Cen­ter on Tues­day. Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal @rook­ie__rae

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