Nevada Supreme Court allows voter ID amendment to appear on ballot

 May 28, 2024

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Nevada is one of 14 states which do not require voters to present any form of identification before they cast a ballot.

Yet in a ruling that is sure to leave some Democrats furious, Nevada's Supreme Court removed a major hurdle to changing that. 

Proposed amendment would require voter ID, verification for mail-in ballots

As Fox 5 in Las Vegas reported, the state's highest judicial body unanimously ruled this past Friday that a voter ID constitutional amendment can appear on the ballot in November as long as the required number of signatures has been reached.

The local news outlet explained that amendment proponents have until June 26 to collect at least 100,000 valid signatures. Should the amendment be passed this fall, then its provisions will take effect in 2026.

In its ruling, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision which found that the ballot initiative does not impose an unfunded mandate and is sufficiently descriptive for voters to understand its contents.

As well as mandating that individuals show ID when they go to the poll, the amendment would also require those voting by mail to provide the last four digits of a driver's license or Social Security number.

Supporters welcome "huge victory for election integrity"

ABC News noted that Friday's decision came after a left-wing organization known as Make the Road Nevada filed a lawsuit challenging the proposed amendment.

The lawsuit's defeat was welcomed by the Keystone Corporation, which describes itself as "Nevada's leading political advocacy group supporting private sector job creation, low taxation, and a responsible regulatory environment."

It hailed Friday's decision as "a huge victory for election integrity" and called on supporters to garner the requisite number of signatures.

Voter ID bill was previously defeated

Nevada Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo expressed support too, and the amendment resembles a piece of legislation he put forward last year that was ultimately blocked by Democrats.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in March of 2023 that Senate Bill 405 would have imposed a voter ID requirement and done away with universal mail-in voting.

"Governor Lombardo submitted SB 405 as part of his ongoing promise to fight for common sense election reforms in Nevada," spokeswoman Elizabeth Ray told the newspaper.

"SB 405 will help restore faith and timeliness in our election system, so that every Nevadan has confidence that our voting process is free and fair," she added.

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