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Angle’s Voter ID Initiative Challenged

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Sharron Angle (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sharron Angle (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — An initiative proposed by conservative activist Sharron Angle to require photo identification in Nevada to vote is being challenged in a lawsuit that claims the measure is defective and unconstitutional.

The suit filed Wednesday in state court in Carson City argues the proposed constitutional amendment illegally commands the Legislature to enact the law and intrudes on powers reserved for the legislative branch.

Angle’s initiative would require election officials to issue free voter identification cards that contain photographs to anyone who does not otherwise possess a valid photo ID issued by a government entity.

The lawsuit argues the free cards amount to an unfunded mandate and violates a constitutional provision requiring any initiative that involves an expense to include a funding source.

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