I have this op ed published at the Las Vegas Review Journal today:
Nevada might soon become the 35th state to pass a law requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls, and that’s a good thing.
If these proposals (Assembly Bill 253 or Assembly Bill 266) become law, voting would join many other activities for which you need to prove your identity in Nevada, such as buying a gun, opening a bank account, or getting married. Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya currently requires similar documents for every couple seeking to get married. Nevada already requires first-time voters who registered by mail to prove their identity with photo ID.
Nobody complains about these requirements. So why not make sure voters are who they say they are and enact voter ID?
Voting is one of the most precious rights we have as citizens. Perhaps that is why Americans continue overwhelmingly to support voter ID requirements. A recent poll found that 70 percent of registered voters are in favor of identification laws. Support is not limited to Republicans; rather, it is present across all racial and political spectrums. A majority of black, Hispanic and Democrat respondents indicated support for voter ID.
Yet a small but vocal minority oppose voter ID and claim such laws disenfranchise voters.
Reality, however, has proved otherwise.
(Full op ed at link above).
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