State Capital Building
101 N. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701
Dear Governor Sandoval,
As I grow older I am increasingly becoming disillusioned with our government. It seems the majority no longer rules nor does it appear that those who do rule care what the majority thinks.
I am 76 years old, retired from the U.S. Navy and the Atmospherics Science Lab at the U.S. Army Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. I moved to Mesquite in 1989 and have been a staunch supporter of Nevada since.
One of the proudest moments in my life was being able to vote in a national election after I turned 21 years of age. I take great pride in saying I have not missed an election since. I recall that in many earlier elections I had to show my voter registration card, but I don’t ever remember having to show it or any other identification here in Nevada.
Twenty five years ago it was probably OK to not have to show an ID card. I believe people were basically more honest then. To vote in Nevada today all you have to do is verify your address.
The federal government seems to really have a heartburn about voters having to show proper ID with photo in order to vote. Their main opposition is that it is not convenient for many minorities to get a photo ID card.
Let us examine some undeniable facts: You cannot go to a bank and cash a check or make a withdrawal without a photo ID, usually a Driver’s License. If you check into a hospital, you need two forms of ID, one with a photo. To board an aircraft you must show an ID card. To draw
medicine from a pharmacy you must show an ID card. You must have a photo ID to operate a vehicle. The list goes on and on.
No politician can tell me that those poor souls have no photo IDs and that it is too inconvenient to get one, and that they do not use banking facilities, go to doctors or hospitals, or drive automobiles. I have been around too long. I just can’t buy that philosophy.
In our last national election we know there was considerable fraud. The one that sticks in my mind the most here in Nevada was that many of the Dallas Cowboys were registered to vote here. The questionable (often illegal) activities of the ACORN group were prevalent not only here in Nevada but across the nation. Uniformed, armed individuals were posted outside of one voting place in a California city telling people how to vote. To my knowledge there has been no serious repercussions taken against those individuals to this date.
Many Nevada citizens, myself included, feel the 2008 elections were riddled with fraud. Had they not been, the outcome may have been much different.
I therefore beseech you to consider legislation in our state to require voters to present an identification card with a photo. If you do this, you will have a grateful constituency plus you will be in the “cross hairs” of the White House Judicial Department along with South Carolina and Texas. Sir, I believe you are up to the challenge.
Let us never forget those immortal words in the opening paragraph of the Constitution of the United States: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice……
Billie R. Lilienthal
MCPO USN Ret.