(Neb)-Voter ID Constitutional Amendment Sent To Floor
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Legislature's Government, Military and Veteran Affairs Committee has sent to the floor a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show a photo ID. The vote in the officially non-partisan Unicameral was 5-2 along party lines.
Sponsor Sen. John Murante of Gretna, considering a run for secretary of state next year, says voters overwhelmingly support voter ID bills and a constitutional amendment explicitly giving lawmakers the authority to pass such laws would end arguments they are unconstitutional.
Opponents say voter ID legislation is often discriminatory against the poor and others who have difficulty getting photo ID because of the cost or difficulty reaching locations where they can get an ID..
Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue says she cannot support any measures that would disenfranchise voters, adding that voter ID requirements would hurt turnout among the elderly, people of color and people with disabilities.
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