Divided Panel OKs Nevada Election Plan

A state panel has approved a plan to ensure that Nevada meets requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act - over objections of one member who said the plan doesn't do enough to help improve "disgraceful" voter participation.

Richard Siegel, head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, voted against the plan at a meeting of an advisory committee to Secretary of State Ross Miller, the state's chief election official.

Miller said policies to improve voter participation will be discussed by another state panel. But Siegel said it's a "cop-out" for the HAVA panel to only touch on various ways to get more voters to the polls in 2008.

Miller said he agreed that voter activity has been "absolutely pathetic" in Nevada, but questioned whether the state plan on HAVA compliance was the best vehicle for efforts to increase voter registration and turnout in elections.