Nebraska lawmakers might spar again over Voter ID bills during this coming legislative session, say some political players and experts. “It’s never a good thing. The more roadblocks you put up to voting the less participation you have,” said UNO Political Science Professor Paul Landow.
Fourteen states passed voter ID laws this year, some of them go into effect in 2012. Nebraska and Iowa shot down bills requiring photo IDs at the polls. The fight is divided along party lines. Republicans believe the system needs safeguards to prevent fraud. Democrats think these measures are aimed at suppressing young people and minorities from voting.
Douglas County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Leahy said he thinks a bill will go before the full legislature this time around and it might pass. Earlier this year, Nebraska lawmakers tabled a photo ID bill sponsored by State Sen. Charlie Janssen. Janssen could not be reached for comment.
Douglas County GOP Chairman Scott Peterson said he supports Janssen’s bill and said he hopes it will pass this time around.