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New Law Means Some Voters Get No Choice In Legislative Races

CARSON CITY, NEV. (AP) -- A new law on primary elections means more than 80,000 Nevada voters won't get a choice this year on who represents them in the Legislature.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reportsa bill passed last year changes decades-old procedures for races that attract candidates from only one party. Three Republican Assembly races and one Democratic Senate race meet that criteria this year.

The old rules require the top two finishers in the primary to face off in the general election. The new law specifies only one top finisher in the primary advances to the general election ballot.

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Nevada allows only voters registered with a party to vote in that party's primary. That means those races will be decided before voters who are registered with other parties cast a vote.