>Should anyone be thinking that the Republican Party isn’t still trying to shove through its vote suppression agenda even in the glare of the publicity garnered by the Department of Justice Scandals — please reconsider. It’s happening in Nevada.
AB 517, the more innocuous of the Nevada bills on the subject, which would remove voter registration cards from the acceptable forms of identification in Nevada elections, has passed both houses and awaits conference to iron out differences.
Then there’s the Republican Ultimate: SB 385 introduced by Republicans Cegavske, Beers, and Heck, is still listed as “exemption effective.” This measure would require a person wishing to cast a vote to present a driver’s license, identification card issued by the DMV, Armed Forces ID, passport, or Tribal ID with a photo. A person requesting an absentee ballot would be required to present photo identification, a statement that the requester is a registered voter, and a statement of the election for which the absentee ballot is requested, the political affiliation of the registered voter, and the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, and other identifying information or documents of the registered voter. [SB 385]
Should the states, like Nevada, fail to enact sufficiently restrictive legislation (like SB 385) then Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) has an idea how to accomplish their goal at the federal level.
Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced an amendment to the Immigration bill that would place photo identification restrictions on voters in the 2008 elections. [BradBlog] For more information on the phony (and now defunct) group pushing this provision see BradBlog on Mark F. Hearne and the “American Center for Voting Rights” See also: League of Women Voters “LWV President denounces Voter ID amendment”
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