Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement Tuesday saying he may veto Initiative Petition 1, mandating DMV register voters when they get or renew a drivers’ license. The measure has now cleared both houses of the Nevada Legislature pretty much on party line votes and is on its way to his desk where staff says he will review the measure. “Nevada has a respected election system with a high percentage of registered voters and participant rate,” the statement says. “The state also recently reached an agreement that provides that it is in compliance with the Voting Rights Act.”
That includes providing people doing business at DMV receive materials allowing them to decide whether they want to register to vote.
“The governor, among other issues, does have concerns with requiring individuals to opt out of compulsory voter registration and the unintended consequence of possibly registering individuals who are otherwise ineligible to vote,” according to the statement.