Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller plans to propose a new law that integrates the current voter lists with a photo identification database. He plans on doing this during the next legislative session in 2013.
This proposal, according to a press release on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website released yesterday, “is aimed at upgrading an antiquated and aging paper roster system by implementing electronic rosters with the enhanced feature of a photograph of each registered voter, preventing ineligible voters from impersonating other, eligible voters at the polling place.”
Various forms of voter identification laws and proposals have been heated issues nationwide, especially leading up to the Nov 6, 2012 elections. Opponents of the laws worry about disenfranchising voters and say it would hurt minority representation while supporters say requiring proper identification at the polling stations is a necessity to prevent voter fraud.
On Twitter there has been a mixed reaction to Miller’s plans to introduce the law:
@MissyByte “@rossjmiller Glad to hear it because no one asked me to show ID when I voted.”
@ericmorely09 “@rossjmiller How about NV spends the money on schools instead of this? Or should we just plan on more cuts in 2013?”
@HuntNevada “@rossjmiller Good idea. Is there a recognition element whereby system could check for duplicate votes? #nvleg”
@LauraKMM “@rossjmiller it’s a lot of $$ to spend on a problem that no one can prove exists. You yourself have said voter fraud hard to find”
@rossjmiller “To be clear: I am proposing a photo ID poll book – quite different than a voter ID card but achieves same safeguard http://www.lvrj.com/news/miller-ca”
Voter fraud in Nevada has been at a minimum in the past, but is not without incident. A criminal complaint to Miller’s office on Oct 29, 2012 led to the arrest of Roxanne Rubin on charges of voting more than once in the same election, a Category “D” felony in the state.
However, in response to the incident, Miller stated in an earlier press release that, “this demonstrates the integrity of the system. Someone thought that by going to two different locations they’d be able to cast two ballots. The system immediately caught that, the Task Force responded, and an arrest was made.”
The Reform Party of Nevada plans to release a statement later today on their website indicating their support for a voter identification law in Nevada, but one that requires proper photo identification be shown at the time of voting to match against the current voter list. The party said, however, it is opposed to allowing the voter to have their picture taken at the time of voting and signing an affidavit as they feel it would not prove proper identification of that voter.
“We are not for the creation of a voter ID card and that doesn’t seem to be what the Secretary is proposing,” said Jeff Richards, State Chair of the Reform Party of Nevada. “But, if you walk into a bank and have no identification that can prove who you are, the bank doesn’t take your picture and then has you sign a piece of paper before handing you money. They simply ask you to return with proper identification.”