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Proposed New Electronic, Photo ID Poll Book at Voting Locations Will Increase Efficiency and Ability to Identify Voters
“Should Not Be Misconstrued as a Voter ID Law…No Voters Will Be Disenfranchised,” says Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller
Posted Date: 11/27/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu 
             (702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 
             clu@sos.nv.gov  


(Carson City, NV; November 27, 2012) – A new law proposed by Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is aimed at upgrading an antiquated and aging paper roster system by implementing electronic rosters with the enhanced feature of a photograph of each registered voter, preventing ineligible voters from impersonating other, eligible voters at the polling place. The law, which is currently in the drafting process in preparation for the 2013 Nevada Legislature, will seek to import existing photographs of eligible voters from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database of drivers’ licenses and state identification cards, into an “electronic poll book” as an adjunct to the existing poll books that currently use signatures for identifying voters. When photographs of the eligible voters are not available through the database, poll workers will be available to take photos at the polling place at the time of voting and verify their identity by way of an affidavit.

“This provides a significant safeguard in our election process while simultaneously ensuring that we don't disenfranchise any voters,” said Miller. “It’s really just an enhancement of the existing system, by providing an electronic poll book that could include a photo to go with the already recorded signature.”

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