(Neb)-Filibuster Kills Voter ID Bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A proposed state constitutional amendment requiring Nebraska voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls was likely killed for the year Thursday when supporters came up 9 votes short of the 33 needed to end a filibuster.
The measure's sponsor, Sen. John Murante of Gretna, said during floor debate that lawmakers were too divided to hold a civil conversation and compromise on the issue.
Opponents called the measure discriminatory and infringing on the constitutional rights of minorities, including elderly and low-income populations. They also said voter fraud is not a widespread problem in the state.
Murante, who is running for the Republican nomination as secretary of state, said voter fraud is a deeply concerning problem for constituents and requiring photo identification is a simple solution.
Lawmakers did advance another Murante bill opening the door to new voting technology in Nebraska by allowing counties to use electronic poll books to identify eligible voters, instead of traditional paper books.
Murante called electronic poll books a first step toward modernizing the state's polling process that streamlines the sign-in process and makes elections more secure.
The bill advanced after lawmakers stripped out a provision similar to the voter ID bill. The stricken portion called for electronic poll books to include digital images to verify voter identification.
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