City Council candidate Frank Geary claims foul play in his Ward 4 race by those wealthy individuals that are happy with the present administration and are blocking him from campaigning as the law allows.
Geary also denounced election officials for not establishing even one Ward 4 voting station on “public property” like they did in another Las Vegas ward and in North Las Vegas and Henderson.
While at the early voting location — at the Albertsons supermarket at Tenaya Way and Craig Road — one morning, election officials refused to identify the property owners who own the four polling sites.
As a result, Geary could not verify that they had actually prohibited campaigning as election officials claimed.
Even if the voting places are on private property, the law and the rules of the election department should be followed, but apparently they were not, in Ward 4, this year.
Larry Lomax, the Clark County Registrar of Voters, has always been in the middle of all controversy involving the election department.
Lomax has announced his retirement in June of this year, but it is obvious that he will be confrontational until his last day on the job.
“Why are all the early voting locations in Ward 4 on private property? Whose idea was that?” said Geary, a former investigative reporter at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 11 years.
“Did the Election Department even try to set up a voting location at one of the libraries, community centers or other government facilities in Ward 4?” asked Geary in a press release sent out to all members of the media and media organizations in the community; but no one has an answer for the candidate, and very little has been written in defense of Geary’s constitutional rights. “If they did, which public locations denied their request and why? Were those public facilities all controlled by the city of Las Vegas and, by relation, my opponent?”, added Geary in the entire questionnaire he presented to the media, the election department and maybe to the entire community.
All four early voting locations in Ward 4 are on “private property,” according to Clark County election officials responsible for arranging locations for early voting in this year’s municipal elections. “Once again, we have another rule, law, prohibition designed to silence the challenger in an election,” Geary said. Acting as the spokespersons for the owners of these shopping centers, election officials last week prohibited a Las Vegas City Council candidate from campaigning near an early-voting station, claiming the wishes of the property owners supersede election law and the candidate’s First Amendment right to free speech.
In the very clear and explicit press release, Geary explained that typically, “under state law, candidates campaign within 100 feet of an early voting station, but not in this year’s Ward 4 City Council race.”
If these voting locations are on private properties, what is the election department doing in these locations and why are they interfering with Geary’s First Amendment right to free speech? That may be the question those voting in these locations need to ask themselves before casting their votes.
And, they said, the owners of each of those locations has forbidden campaigning on their property, even beyond the 100-foot limit, ignoring the law, the Constitution, and the election department rules and regulations.
“Operation of the Ward 4 election is not in the hands of the Las Vegas City Clerk, the county Election Department or the state of Nevada,” Geary said. Early voting locations in Ward 4 include: 1) Albertsons at Craig and Decatur; 2) Albertsons at Craig Road and Tenaya Way; 3) Albertsons at Cheyenne Avenue and Durango; and 4) Desert Vista Community Center in Sun City, Summerlin. “And it’s controlled by a handful of very wealthy individuals who own these shopping centers. Shouldn’t we have had at least one early voting location on public property?” asked Geary, a candidate for City Council Ward 4 this year.
The Sun City Summerlin homeowners association controls the community center there, not the city of Las Vegas.
Frank Geary is a former investigative reporter and 11-year veteran with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.