A state senator pushing to require voter identification in Nebraska lashes out at a national group which has criticized his efforts.
Let America Vote founder Jason Kander recently attended a voting rights rally in Nebraska.
Kander, a Democrat and former Missouri Secretary of State, says his group fights voter suppression, which he contends Republicans use to keep voters who would cast ballots for Democrats from going to the polls.
“Republican elected officials use this as a way to stay in office and gain more power,” Kander tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Kander’s group opposes requiring voter identification to cast a ballot and is particularly critical of requiring photographic identification to vote. Let America Vote maintains a Hall of Shame in which it displays politicians it contends attempt to suppress voting.
Let America Vote criticizes Murante for sponsoring a constitutional amendment which would require voted identification in Nebraska. If the legislature approves the measure, it will go to a vote of the people.
Murante held a news conference at the Capitol to respond.
“To Mr. Kander and his liberal cronies, voter ID might be a bad idea, but to Nebraskans it’s common sense,” Murante told reporters.
Murante contends Kander’s group opposes him, because he is conservative and pro-life. He points to the fact that Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, serves on the Let America Vote Advisory Board.
Murante says he will not be intimidated into shelving his voter ID measure, but will push for it in the upcoming legislative session.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]