Lawmakers have begun debate on a bill that would require Nebraska voters to display photo identification to cast a ballot.
When that debate might end and if the legislature will ever vote on the measure will come later, much later. Opponents have vowed to mount a filibuster against LB 239. Sponsor Charlie Janssen, a senator from Fremont, will have to find enough votes to cut off debate and force a vote.
Janssen opened debate on his measure, stating he means for it to protect the integrity of elections.
“In order to protect the sacred one person, one vote tradition in our country, I think it is important that we do all we can to insure the integrity of our voting process,” Janssen told colleagues during his opening remarks.
Opponents question the need for the bill. Some question the motivation behind it.
Sen. Health Mello of Omaha steered clear of questioning the motives of supporters. Mello said during floor debate that good people can disagree on public policy.
“I think that disagreement rests in regards to whether or not we can agree that voter fraud has never been an issue in this state; that LB 239, in my view, is a solution in search of a problem,” Mello stated.
Debate on the bill will be suspended for a while, likely until next week. The legislature is scheduled to begin debate on a number of child welfare measures the next two days and will not be in on Friday.