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More than 70 people filled the rotunda at the Capitol on Tuesday in opposition to Legislative Bill 239. Lawmakers were scheduled to debate the measure Tuesday, but action was delayed until later.
Adam Morfeld is the executive director of Nebraskans for Civic Reform. He says requiring voter ID is unnecessary. He says it's costly to taxpayers and harms seniors and low-income citizens.
Morfeld says, "It'll be several hundred thousand dollars per election cycle. You have to pay training costs, provisional ballots, they cost about 30 dollars per ballot to process. You'll also have to have more staff to process those ballots."
While those people rallied inside, the Tea Party Patriots made their opinion known outside.
Paul Von Behren stood outside with a group of people holding signs. He says, "Voter fraud has literally been a problem in every primary, especially across the nation and there were several allegations that were raised during last year's recall election with Mayor Suttle in Omaha."
Members of the group want Senator Charlie Janssen's bill passed, they say if it doesn't it will give voter fraud a green light.
The Fremont is the sponsor of the ID bill, which was introduced last year and held over until 2012.
Senator Janssen says,"The student elections at the University of Nebraska, you have to show an ID. Union elections you have to show an ID. It makes no sense some cases, you're talking about our national security. We're voting for our Commander-In-Chief, State Legislators, people who make big decisions."
He has said 46 states have reported voter fraud and Nebraska needs to improve its mechanisms to detect potential fraud.
When the rally took place Tuesday morning, most people were at work and weren't allowed to voice their opinion. So we asked voters whether they thought it was a good thing or a bad thing they might have to show ID to vote.
Michelle Gorton is a student at UNL. She says, "I think if you're able to vote you should have some form of ID because voting's a right and you should be able to present yourself as an American citizen."
But Ian Beck Johnson thinks it could be a problem, "I could see it as a bad thing because people who don't have ID's might not be able to vote, like those who don't drive or the homeless."
Donny Vela can see both sides of the issue, "I could see it as both a good and a bad thing. Good, because you want to know who votes and bad because there are a lot of people who would like to vote, but without a state issued ID, they wouldn't be able to."
The issue of voter fraud is one main reason people we spoke with say they don't mind having to show an ID in order to cast a ballot.
Alex Stachiwo says, "Because then you're actually showing and proving who you are, instead of just saying so."
Graham Nott adds, "If people are voting under incorrect names than they should be prevented from doing so."
Chris Johnson tells 10/11, "If it helps reduce voter fraud, I see no problem with having to produce some sort of identification to be able to vote, it's a right and a privilege."
Senators are expected to debate the bill on the Legislature floor later on this week. Several senators also plan a filibuster to kill the bill.