An Assembly committee Tuesday considered a bill setting up procedures to check whether noncitizens who obtain Nevada driver authorization cards show up on voter registration rolls. Assembly Bill 459 as originally proposed would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to forward information on driver authorization card holders who did not provide proof of citizenship to the secretary of state and county election officials, who would then determine if the person is registered to vote. “We’re just trying to make sure that those who do vote are citizens of the United States,” said Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, who presented the bill.
Daniel Stewart, a policy adviser to the Assembly Republican caucus, told the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections that the bill would allow the secretary of state to check voter rolls to see if any noncitizens are registered. “We’re not asking the secretary of state to go arrest anybody,” he said. “It’s simply a check.”
People would be asked to supply documents verifying citizenship if information is lacking, he said, and be removed from voter rolls if there is no reply.
Daniel Stewart said he doesn’t have specific evidence that noncitizens are voting, but added that noncitizens have shown up as potential jurors, who are also required to be U.S. citizens.