A vote to end a filibuster against the voter photo ID bill fell three votes short, effectively killing the bill for this session.
Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, the sponsor of LB 239, moved to cut off debate and force a vote this morning after the legislature debated the bill for eight hours. Thirty senators voted to end the filibuster, three short of the votes needed.
Janssen stated during debate he introduced the measure as a way to protect the integrity and reliability of Nebraska elections.
“I’ve always felt it unusual when I go to my polling place that I don’t have to show my identification and many others have talked to me about this same issue,” Janssen said.
Janssen says his bill would insure against voter fraud.
But, Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln questioned the motivation of those pushing the requirement.
“The question that really lies behind this bill is what; what is the purpose?” Avery asked colleagues. “Could it be voter suppression, because that’s probably what would happen? Because this will put a disproportionate burden on certain groups of voters; elderly, students, poor, rural and minority voters.”
Other opponents claimed the bill was not needed, because Nebraska does not have a problem with voter fraud.
AUDIO: End of legislative debate on LB 239 and vote [14:30]