A coalition of more than 20 organizations has held a rally at the Capitol against a bill that would require voters have a photo ID to cast a ballot.
Adam Morfeld with Nebraskans for Civic Reform stated LB 239 simply isn’t needed, because Nebraska hasn’t had a problem with voter impersonation.
“If voter impersonation was a problem in Nebraska, we would know about it, because registered voters turn out in high numbers and they would come and then they would be told someone had already voted for them,” according to Morfeld. “Voter impersonation is not a problem in the state of Nebraska.”
Morfeld also contended that LB 239 would enforce an unfunded mandate on counties and provides no provisions for voter education.
Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha reminded the rally that voting is a right embodied in the state constitution.
“In fact, in our state constitution it makes particular note that we should do nothing to hinder the exercise of the right to vote,” Council said. “Well, that is precisely what LB 239 does. It hinders individuals in the exercise of this fundamental right to vote.”
Mark Intermill with Nebraska AARP said the bill could keep some senior citizens from being allowed to vote and doesn’t really address voter fraud.
“So, there are a lot of things that are discussed as voter fraud that this bill doesn’t address, but it does add to the cost, it does provide the possibility that a person will be denied their right to vote.” Intermill stated.
The voter photo ID bill has been placed on the legislative agenda, but the legislature has yet to debate the bill.