State of Nevada

Nevada Photo ID Ballot Initiative Challenge II

Persaud-Zamora v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed on behalf of a Nevada voter against the Nevada secretary of state challenging a new Republican-led ballot initiative seeking to create strict photo ID rules for future elections. The initiative, filed mid-May by R.I.S.E. Nevada, seeks to create a new photo ID requirement for in-person voting, limit acceptable IDs that voters can present to cure a mismatched signature and require the state to provide free photo IDs in certain circumstances. The plaintiff argues that this new ballot initiative is misleading because “the description omits crucial information regarding how the new restrictions will function” and “fails to mention that the proposed changes…would also alter Nevada’s processes for voter registration and curing mail ballots.” The complaint also highlights the fact that the petition does not detail any method for raising funds to cover the no-cost photo IDs it is requesting. For these reasons, the lawsuit asks the court to declare the initiative invalid. On July 29, the court ruled that the initiative is legally deficient and therefore cannot appear on the Nevada ballot.

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