A Democrat from Omaha hopes to be the new Nebraska Secretary of State.
Spencer Danner opposes efforts in the Unicameral to require voter photo ID. He says the state should concentrate, instead, on modernizing the election system.
“No one here owns a laptop after 15 years, 10 years, eight years, or five years, so why do we have a system that’s in place after 15 years that we’re still spending a $1 million a year on servicing those when parts of those hardware; they can’t even find those anymore,” Danner says during a brief news conference outside the Secretary of State Elections Division office in Lincoln.
Long-time Secretary of State John Gale has decided against running for re-election after serving in the office since 2000. Gale, a Republican, will serve 18 years by the time his term ends. He is the 26th Nebraska Secretary of State.
Danner, who is 39, is the former head of the City of Omaha’s Human Rights and Relations Department. He now is president of The Danner Group, a project management consulting firm.Danner says it really doesn’t matter that he is running for an open seat.
“I think the Secretary of State, John Gale, is a respected man of integrity and he’s done a great job, but I think moving forward we have to make sure that we are opening doors for everyone to be able to vote,” Danner says.
Republican Bob Evnen, a former member of the Nebraska Board of Education, also is running for Secretary of State.