Voter ID Debate Rages on at State Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A bill that would require government-issued photo identification to vote in Nebraska is triggering a heated debate in the Legislature.

Opponents argued in a hearing Thursday that the measure was a solution in search of a problem. The voting-rights group Nebraskans for Civic Reform promised a lawsuit if the bill passes.

Supporters say the bill would protect the integrity of the state voting system. Doug Kagan of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom says anyone who is "too lazy" to get an ID probably wouldn't vote on Election Day.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont. Janssen, a Republican candidate for governor, has introduced similar measures before. Last year, a similar bill died after supporters failed to stop a filibuster against it.

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