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(Neb)-Voter ID Bill Dead For Session

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2017 11:59 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An effort to amend the Nebraska constitution to require voters to present photo IDs is dead for the year, another victim of a filibuster. Supporters of the bill needed 33 votes to end the expected filibuster, but got only 26.

      Opponents of the bill say voter ID laws prevent the poor, the elderly and racial minorities from voting and aren't needed to prevent voter fraud because few people impersonate voters.

      The bill remains alive for next year and Sen. John Murante of Gretna isn't giving up on it. He says he intends to travel the state during the next 8 months to drum up support.

      A Republican, Murante says he also will announce within the next few weeks whether he will run for Nebraska secretary of state next year. Incumbent Republican John Gale is retiring after 3 terms.


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