Nevada state bills put focus on DMV & voters

LAS VEGAS -  When you think of the DMV, you're probably not thinking about voting. But 5 new bills introduced in the State Senate put the focus on the agency.

Right now, you can register to vote at the DMV. A bill by Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford would make that happen automatically. It's known as so-called "motor-voter" law. Laura Martin is the associate director for Progressive Leadership Alliance Nevada. Martin says, "we want to make sure that everyone who's eligible to vote has the ability to vote."

Republicans believe it's a program you should opt-in to, not opt-out. In response to the bill, Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson has introduced bills aimed at addressing his party's concerns.

Chuck Muth is the president of Citizen's Outreach. Muth says, "the democrats don't want you to be able to verify who is or is not legal in the country."

Republicans, most notably President Donald Trump, have suggested varying degrees of voter fraud including by people in the country illegally.

Muth says, "I'm sure they'll come up with something, but but there just isn't a legitimate argument against it."

Senate bills 319 and 331 would require the DMV to inform the Secretary of State if non-citizens tried to register to vote and provide lists of driver authorization card holders to cross-check with the registered voter rolls. Democrats say that is disenfranchising to voters and that those fears are unfounded, a solution looking for a problem.

Martin says, "undocumented people aren't going to register to vote. They haven't registered to vote. We trust the DMV's ability to do their job and we hope that one day, Senator Roberson will too." 

In the meantime, for more on early voting go here.


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