Nebraska State Senator Charlie Janssen of Fremont has introduced a bill that would require a state or government issued ID that must be shown to shown to election officials before a resident can cast a vote. Senator Janssen stated that ID’s have to be shown when renting a movie and to renew a driver’s license but not to vote. He says there are close elections now and citizens would like to know that those casting the votes are actually the people listed in the voter’s book.
There are many citizen rights groups now speaking up against the bill. One of the biggest complaints is residents have to pay for driver’s licenses or state ID cards and if they are required to vote that constitutes a poll tax.
Senator Janssen says those without a state issued driver’s license or ID can receive voter registration acknowledgement card and there will be no poll tax. Senator Janssen says the Secretary of State would give a list to local election officials and those without a state ID would receive a registration acknowledgement card.
Senator Janssen says there have been no reports of voter fraud in Nebraska and this would help to guarantee accurate elections. There are currently 31 states that require identification to be shown to poll workers prior to receiving a ballot and 15 of those states require a photo ID.