NVGOP Chairman Michael J. McDonald Takes Steps to get Initiative on Voter ID Requirement on 2020 Ballot
LAS VEGAS – Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael J. McDonald appointed a special committee to begin the process of the NVGOP sponsoring a 2020 statewide ballot initiative to secure a voter identification requirement in the Nevada Constitution.
Shawn Meehan, Chairman of the Resolutions Committee at the 2012, ‘14, ‘16, and ‘18 Nevada Republican Conventions, was selected to chair the Special Committee on Voter Identification.
“I thank Shawn for his willingness to step up and chair this committee,” McDonald said. “I am confident his leadership will ensure the Committee produces solid recommendations so that we can take action as soon as the law allows us to start collecting signatures.”
Polling from Gallup and Rasmussen shows that a wide margin of Americans support election integrity by requiring voter identification, but given the current composition of the Nevada Legislature and their unwillingness to protect our elections, Chairman McDonald believes that the only path to election integrity in Nevada is direct action by the voters.
“With the vast majority of Americans supporting a voter identification requirement, protecting our elections shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” McDonald said. “However, with the current Legislature unwilling to pass commonsense reforms, Nevadans have been left with no choice but to do it ourselves.”
The Special Committee on Voter Identification is tasked with researching successful voter identification initiatives in other states, particularly those that have survived court challenges, as well as researching Nevada law to determine the ideal type of initiative process to pursue.
Once the Special Committee presents their report, the process of filing with the Secretary of State and gathering the required signatures will begin later in 2019.
“We will have a report from the committee to work with soon,” McDonald said. “We’ll get to work immediately to ensure this initiative is on the 2020 ballot so that Nevadans can have their voices heard.”
For further information, the committee may be contacted at VoterID@NevadaGOP.org.