Voter ID bill facing Republican infighting advances out of committee

A bill regarding voting identification requirements approved by Nebraska voters and introduced by Sen. Julie Slama, was advanced from the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee last week after being amended to focus on photo IDs. Slama had sought more far-reaching requirements, including verification of voters’ citizenship, notarization of mail-in ballots and audits of witness signatures for mail-in ballots. The amended version of the legislation would include a wide range of identification voters could present at the polls including passports, driver’s licenses, military and tribal IDs and Nebraska college IDs. Individuals voting by mail would be permitted to include the number from their driver’s license or state ID card or a copy of an accepted document. Nebraska has no history of widespread voter fraud, but supporters of the legislation claim it is necessary to prevent future problems from occurring.

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