A voter identification bill has been pulled from the legislative agenda by its sponsor.
Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont says he asked the Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Flood, to pull the bill from the legislative agenda for debate. Janssen says he wants time to speak with his fellow senators about what he calls misinformation about the bill.
Janssen complains that opponents of LB 239 have spread misinformation about the bill. He denies that the measure would not allow someone who came to the polls without identification to vote.
“They show up to the polls with no ID, they would vote provisionally,” Janssen tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And so long as they were previously registered, that vote would count through the provisional procedures.”
Janssen also claims opponents have greatly exaggerated the cost of the proposal. Janssen estimates the bill would cost approximately $15,000. He adds that it is incorrect to call it a voter photo identification bill. He says photo identification would qualify as a proper ID, but the identification would not have to have a photograph.
The most disappointing aspect of the opposition, Janssen tells us, is a threatened filibuster.
“I did this the Nebraska way,” Janssen says. “There were concerns after the committee hearing. I amended the bill. I worked with my fellow senators in the committee to get the bill out, to the floor so that senators and the people of Nebraska would have a vote on it. And a few senators are going to try to take that vote away from all the rest of us.”
Janssen says he will talk with some of the organizations that have come out against the bill. More than 20 organizations gathered in the Capitol this week to protest the bill, claiming it isn’t needed and would disenfranchise some Nebraskans.