Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria told a state Assembly panel on Tuesday that lawmakers should consider banning guns from polling places to guard against voter intimidation. Guns are banned at some Nevada polling places, such as at schools where weapons are illegal, but other polling locations are not included in such a prohibition, Gloria told the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. A voter could be intimidated seeing an individual carrying a weapon in a polling place, he said. No such legislation has been proposed in the 2017 session.
Gloria’s comments prompted Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, to ask for any example of problems with individuals carrying guns into polling locations in Nevada. “What is the problem you are trying to address?” asked Hansen, who said mass shootings usually occur where guns are banned.
The comments came as the committee heard background on elections and voting ahead of a discussion of an initiative petition that would make it easier for people to register to vote.
The Automatic Voter Registration Initiative would amend state law to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to transmit information to the Secretary of State’s Office to register people who obtain, renew or change an address on a driver’s license or identification card.