Nevadans Continue to Favor Stricter Voting Guidelines

Kevin Dietrich

There is overwhelming support among Nevadans to require voters to produce photo identification before casting a ballot and to require officials to regularly check voter rolls, according to recent polling.

Some 73 percent of individuals questioned believe producing a photo ID should be part of the process involved with casting a ballot in Nevada, according to a Jan. 19-26 survey of more than 350 individuals.

Three of every four individuals surveyed agreed that election officials should be required to conduct checks on voter registration rolls on a regular basis.

In addition, 65 percent of those queried believe Nevada should establish earlier deadlines for mail-in ballots, and more than 50 percent of those polled want to end the practice of mailing ballots to all registered voters.

The recent polling results were similar to numbers Nevada Policy released in its own poll a year ago.

There’s already been at least one bill introduced in the legislature this session which would address one of the above rules. AB88, sponsored by Assemblyman Gregory Hafen, would require most Nevadans to produce a proof of identity when voting in person.

This, of course, does not address the lax guidelines associated with Nevada’s mail-in voting procedures, which requires only that ballots be signed when returned.

Nevadans have a right to believe that every election will be safe and secure, and that every vote cast will be counted. The state legislature dramatically changed the rules regarding voting in 2021 when it codified measurers passed the previous year amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Changes made permanent two years ago included mandating that all active, registered voters receive an unsolicited ballot by mail and that most residents could cast a ballot without proof of identity.

Kevin Dietrich

Kevin Dietrich

Kevin Dietrich joined Nevada Policy in 2022.

He has more than 20 years of experience in communications, including serving as the director of communications and marketing for the South Carolina Bankers Association, working as a speechwriter for South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and assisting with internal communications for CVS Caremark.

Kevin graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Journalism and a minor in History. A fifth-generation Californian, he spent a decade as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, New York, New Hampshire and South Carolina.