Potential inclusion of Voter I.D. measure in Nevada’s November 2024 ballot

In Nevada, voter identification is conducted at the beginning of the process. In order to register to vote, individuals must present a valid photo ID. Additionally, their signature is required on the necessary documents.

Throughout the voting process, it is the signature that serves as the key verification element.

“When you cast your vote, they verify up to four signature samples, including the one on file with the register of voters. At least two of these signatures must match,” explains Fred Lokken, a Political Science Professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. He emphasizes that if the signatures do not match, your ballot will need to be corrected. This system has been in place for decades and there have been no significant or noteworthy cases of documented fraud.”

David Gibbs believes that simply presenting an ID and signing a document is not sufficient.

The PAC “Repair the Vote” is currently circulating an initiative petition that seeks to amend the state constitution. The proposed amendment aims to mandate the use of photo identification for voting, both at polling places and through mail-in balloting.

“People should be aware that when they vote, they are casting a ballot in their own name. It is crucial to understand that everyone else is also exercising this right,” explains Gibbs. “We have all heard stories about voter fraud happening across the entire country.”

The “Repair the Vote” website states that in 2020, there were several incidents in Nevada involving mail-in ballots and voters who cast their votes without a legally recognized photo ID.

Only one instance of voter fraud was recorded in Nevada in 2020.

A man attempted to cast votes using both his own name and his deceased wife’s name. As a result of a plea deal, he was found guilty of committing multiple voting offenses within the same election.

According to Lokken, the imposition of voter ID laws in certain states has only resulted in preventing certain individuals from exercising their right to vote.

According to Gibbs, the argument that implementing Voter I.D. laws would disenfranchise voters has been raised in various states and locations. However, he claims that no one has actually lost their ability to vote as a result of these laws being put in place.

A lawsuit has been filed challenging the Voter I.D. initiative petition in Carson District Court.

The plaintiff argues that the implementation of voter ID laws would impose an unfunded mandate on citizens, as obtaining identification could be costly for some voters. Additionally, the plaintiffs contend that requiring election workers to verify voter identification through documents such as driver’s licenses and social security numbers would necessitate the state to invest in expensive information gathering systems.

The hearing challenging the voter I.D. initiative petition has not yet been scheduled, but Gibbs confirms that the petitions are currently being circulated all across the state.

To successfully advance their cause, they will require over 100,000 signatures from registered voters across Nevada’s four congressional districts.

The deadline for the project is set for June 2024.

The initiative must be passed twice to bring about any changes to the Nevada Constitution. The first vote will take place in 2024, and if successful, it will then be voted on again in 2026. This two-step process ensures that any modifications to the Constitution are thoroughly considered and supported by the voters.

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