Nev. Voter ID Plan Could Lead to Same-Day Registration

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 11:46 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is proposing a voter identification plan that would electronically link driver’s license photos to voting rolls,  a move he says could lead to same-day voter registration.
 
Miller, a Democrat, wants to change the state’s paper-based system for checking in voters to an electronic poll book that contains photos from state driver's licenses, reports the Las Vegas Sun.
 
“Once we get an electronic poll book, it obviously would create enough safeguards, it would be actually more secure to have somebody present themselves in person to register or confirm with the DMV their identity,” Miller said. “(We could) confirm they have a residential address through the online registration system and then obviously check and ensure their photo or at least take their photo before they are given access to the polling system.”
 
Democrats and some liberal activists have been critical of Miller’s proposal, but the same-day registration option may move some of them to his side. For their part, Republican lawmakers, who had initially embraced Miller's call for better voter identifications standards, say same-day registration would increase voter fraud and are now speaking out against his plan, according to the Sun.
 
In all, 27 states maintain an electronic poll book, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, and four states also do same-day voter registration. But Miller said none of them include driver's license photos in books.
 
Liberal opponents insist that Nevada doesn't need to a new voter identification system because there have been no reported incidents of voter fraud in the state.
 

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