A state senator says he again will push to require Nebraska voters display identification to cast a ballot.
Sen. John Murante of Gretna doesn’t see the controversy the issue generates.
“Outside of this building, the people of Nebraska do not understand what the holdup is,” Murante tells reporters during a news conference. “It is a common-sense proposal to require voters to show identification before they receive a ballot on Election Day.”
Critics contend that requiring identification at the polls will turn legitimate voters away. Some suggest it is a Republican ploy to suppress Democratic voters.
Murante has pushed for a constitutional amendment which would have Nebraska voters decide identification is required to vote. He hasn’t been able to get the resolution through the Unicameral.
If the legislature approves the measure and places the issue on the ballot, voters would decide whether identification should be required to vote in Nebraska. If voters approve the measure, it would be up to the Unicameral to adopt regulations. Murante says he believes photo identification should be a requirement.
Murante insists election security can be adopted without suppressing turnout. In fact, Murante says the public demands election security.
“It’s not good enough to simply have secure elections,” according to Murante. “The people need to be confident that our elections are secure. And, one thing we’ve seen from both sides of the aisle is a genuine concern that the integrity of our elections is not secure.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]