Gut-check, smell test, whatever you want to call it — is that time when you sense something is wrong. This is one of those times.
An aquaintance was standing in line for early voting a day ago, when she over heard a woman, also standing in the same line, tell someone else that all she had is her California driver’s license. Unfortunately for the woman with the ID issue, she was voting in Nevada.
“I watch as she tells the woman she has no proof of being a NV resident,” she said.
“Are you kidding me?” I responded, “You should have challenged he on the spot. In Nevada you have that right!”
“My husband is at the Washoe County Registrar of Voter’s office right this second,” she returned.
Well, her husband learned poll workers in Nevada cannot legally ask for identification and a California driver’s license is an acceptable form of ID, since in order to register in the first place a person has to have a phone or power bill, if they don’t have a Nevada driver’s license. Furthermore, he found out a state ID acts as a government issued ID and no ID’s required if you can confirm the information the poll worker can legally ask, which is your address and phone number, thus proving who you say you are.
For me and many others, like my friend, this smells to high-heaven and is a punch to our gut as we realize jus’ how easy it is to stuff the ballot box in Nevada and learn the voter-challenge law is worthless.