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Democratic leaders, Assm. Steve Yeager, AG Aaron Ford, SOS Cisco Aguilar and Treasurer Zach Conine hold a press conference at the NV state capitol, May 3, 2023 (Photo: Megan Barth for The Nevada Globe)

AG Ford Claims Voter ID ‘Unconstitutional’

Governor Lombardo’s election integrity bill, SB405, will not receive a hearing

By Megan Barth, May 4, 2023 11:15 am

In a press conference held in front of the Nevada Capitol yesterday, Democratic leaders including Assemblyman Steve Yeager, Treasurer Zach Conine, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar presented what they believe to be solutions for Nevadans which include additional government spending on state services, state workers, and public education. Notably absent from the conference was Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro who had a “scheduling conflict.”

Yeager outlined the Democratic majority’s spending and special interest proposals, including gun control and expanded access to abortion, in the following tweet:

After their presentation, the Nevada Globe asked Assm. Yeager if Governor Lombardo’s election integrity bill, SB405, will receive a hearing. Yeager replied, “We are here at the Legislature to solve problems. This isn’t a problem that exists in the state of Nevada,” Yeager said. “It’s simply a solution in search of a problem…Our elections are safe and secure…we have the best elections in the country.”

Although 35 states have implemented various requirements for voter identification, AG Ford curiously charged that Voter ID was “unconstitutional.”

“This attorney general will not abide by an unconstitutional act like voter ID here in this state, where the only people who’ve ever prosecuted it are standing before you,” Ford said. “I stand by Speaker Yeager and that entire Legislative Building in not giving that bill a hearing.”

SOS Aguilar joined the chorus, stating: “It is important to understand when you mess with a fundamental right, you better be very careful in what you are doing to limit your access to the ballot box.”

In response, Governor Lombardo said, “I think if you look at the polling data, reference to election integrity, [it’s] holding positive across party lines, and it would be malpractice not to even consider a conversation about it.”



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2 thoughts on “AG Ford Claims Voter ID ‘Unconstitutional’

  1. I’m confused by this. As a convicted felon, I had my voting rights restored here as a transplant from Los Angeles, CA seven years ago. I never participated in voting at all prior.

    To get my drivers license as a transplant from LA when Nevada adopted real ID, had to find records from when I was a teenager married In Washington state from the 1990’s.

    It was only 4 years ago that I learned that convinced felons from other states could vote.

    What exactly is unconstitutional about vetting the residents of Nevada and especially those who are eligible to vote?

    Our entire family is in Vegas and Dallas and have no problem with meeting the metrics of what is required. Despite many factors.

    If Nevada requires Real ID for ID, to drivers licenses. That same application of verification needs to be applied to voting.

    I do not see any underlying issue and it seems to be a moot point.

    If you can’t produce what you need for Real ID in a drivers license or identification card for driving, social services or employment in Nevada.

    How is that unfair or unconstitutional when it comes to voting?

    Very confusing on how this narrative is being pushed.

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