The sponsor of the voter photo ID measure concedes defeat in the legislature but doesn’t give up on the idea.
Sen. John Murante of Gretna fails to get the votes needed to overcome a filibuster of his resolution which would have placed voter photo ID on the November ballot.
He dismisses claims voter fraud doesn’t exist in Nebraska, pointing out two voter fraud convictions within the last year.
“So, we know that it does exist, but the truth of the matter is we can’t find voter fraud unless we look for it,” Murante tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And putting a common-sense voter identification proposal into our constitution and letting the people of Nebraska vote on that would have been an important first step.”
Murante declined to use his allotted three hours of floor debate on LR 1 CA, instead calling for a cloture vote after about an hour of debate. He fell well short of the 33 votes needed to end debate and go to a vote on the resolution.
Thought defeated in the legislature, Murante isn’t giving up.
Murante says he is in discussions about mounting an initiative petition drive to place the issue on the ballot. He says if it gets there, it will pass.
“I am convinced the voters would approve it overwhelmingly. They don’t understand want the holdup is.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]