John Cartier, Director of Voting Rights with Civic Nebraska, claims voter photo ID laws hamper the voting rights of the elderly, minorities, and youth.
He also claims it violates the Nebraska constitution.
“Due to our special provision (in) Nebraska’s constitution that says that elections shall remain free and there shall be no impediments on voters’ ability to vote,” Cartier tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Civic Nebraska claims requiring voters to produce photo identification will cost the state and the individual. According to Civic Nebraska, not only will the state have to provide photo identification to eligible voters who don’t have it, it will have to check citizenship status through a federal system which will require the Secretary of State’s office to pay a fee per name. The group also claims the cost of provisional balloting will increase under the legislation.
Civic Nebraska claims individuals without photo identification could have to spend money just to get enough documentation to claim a free identification card from the state.
Cartier dismisses the results of public opinion polls which indicate popular support for vote photo ID.
“I would attribute that to the effectiveness one side has been in promulgating this myth that there’s millions of people who vote illegally every year and a lot of it has to do with fear-mongering,” according to Cartier.
Civic Nebraska claims the legislature would spend its time more effectively if it would focus on cleaning up voter rolls than in pursuing voter photo identification.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]