Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller’s announcement this month that he would pursue a new voter identification approach sent Democrats sounding the voter suppression alarm bells, while Republicans applauded the news. But the carrot Miller is trying to use to lure his liberal base back into the fold isn’t one that Republicans would relish chomping. Miller hasn’t spoken much about it publicly, but privately he is working to assuage the concerns of liberal Democrats by touting the fact his idea for electronically linking driver’s license photos to the voting rolls could be a step toward same-day voter registration in Nevada.
Miller has proposed upgrading Nevada’s paper-based system for checking voters in at the polls with an electronic poll book, which would include driver’s license photos.
Linking the voting rolls with the driver’s license database would make it easier, and more secure, to register voters on Election Day, Miller said last week on the political talk show “To The Point.”
“Once we get an electronic poll book, it obviously would create enough safeguards, it would be actually more secure to have somebody present themselves in person to register or confirm with the DMV their identity,” Miller said. “(We could) confirm they have a residential address through the online registration system and then obviously check and ensure their photo or at least take their photo before they are given access to the polling system.”