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Nevada political roundup: GOP pushes for photo ID voting bill

Updated at 4:03 p.m.

Republicans are using the raid on the Las Vegas’ office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now over alleged voter fraud to push an upcoming bill that would require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

The bill being sponsored by Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert will be up for consideration during the 2009 legislative session.

In a statement, Gov. Jim Gibbons said he would support the bill.

“ I believe that requiring a photo ID to vote is a very reasonable protection for our voting system,” he said.

“The allegation that people were intentionally trying to undermine our voting system worries me greatly. Now, more than ever, we need to require a photo ID to vote in order to maintain the integrity of our Democracy.” said Gansert, R-Reno.

Originally published at 2:09 p.m.

We need some good news about now, and on that note, we'll highlight Countrywide/Bank of America reaching agreements with states, including Nevada, to restructure thousands of mortgages.

Also, tax amnesty is working well, and Gov. Jim Gibbons has ordered the program to be extended. So far, letting businesses who had owed the state money pay without penalties has generated $27 million for Nevada.

Of course, there's only so much good news right now. The stock market continues to tumble despite the bailout.

Bad news too for McCain campaign. Anjeanette Damon of the Reno Gazette-Journal reports on a poll that has Obama up 50 to 43 percent: "Today's poll is the first public survey in which Obama has posted a lead outside of the margin of error."

ACORN, which works with low-income folks, was raided in Las Vegas today by the Secretary of State and Attorney General staff for allegedly falsifying voter registration forms.

And former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider an earlier decision.

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