The voter ID controversy continues. Nebraska Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Neal Erickson says voter fraud hasn’t been a big issue here.
Erickson says, “Voter ID, we’ve seen a lot of arguments on whether there is voter fraud or isn’t voter fraud. As an election administrator we look for the potential of voter fraud so you have to examine that. There are ups and downs to the voter ID issue. Most recently in the court cases we’ve seen, even though the voter ID was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2008 now we are seeing lawsuits that are examining the impact on various segments of the voting community and whether that is discriminatory within those segments.”
Erickson says voter fraud has not been a big problem in Nebraska. He says there has never been an organized effort but every election cycle there are individual situations. He says a few years ago a grandmother signed for her absentee ballot.
There are also arguments that voter registration should be handled on the federal level. Erickson says that isn’t necessary because overall the registration process is very similar in most states.