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Other Voices: California needs voter identification law

I am privileged to be the chairperson in Nevada County for the Vote Safe Now ballot initiative.

The Vote Safe Now ballot initiative is a necessary tool that every single California election official desperately needs to adequately secure elections in this state.

Special interest groups of all stripes are exploiting this hole in the law nationwide; we should not be sitting on our hands and waiting for these special interest groups to exploit the hole here in Nevada County. Government needs to be proactive, and our elected officials need to respect the desires of their constituents.

Vote Safe requires California voters who physically go to the polls to verify their identity by presenting a valid photo identification.

Vote Safe allows a county registrar up to 15 days after the election to accept military ballots, cast within the legal time frame.

Vote Safe also requires election officials to verify absentee ballot voters’ signatures and identification by requiring a driver license number, the last four digits of a Social Security number or a voter identification number written on the mail-in ballot.

It’s well known that voting by mail presents the greatest opportunities for voter fraud. The Vote Safe Now initiative also removes the subjectivity of the election official from the process of determining properly cast votes.

Similar voter identification statutes are the law of the land in 35 other states, because it is a common-sense solution to the growing problem of voter fraud.

The Vote Safe Now initiative will ensure secure and fair elections in California. Now more than ever, Vote Safe is needed to restore trust in our elections, because it should not be easier to steal an election than rent a video at Blockbuster.

Grass Valley resident Barry W. Pruett is running for Nevada County clerk-recorder.

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