Wednesday was the first session of the 2012 Nebraska Legislature and already there is heavy debate. LB 239 would require voters to show an identification before casting a ballot in an election. Some groups in Omaha think this bill will make it difficult for youth, elderly, minority and the poor to vote.
Bubba McCrimon has been voting for more than 30 years and he has never had to show his ID. He is against this proposed bill. “To say it’s racism is harsh, to say it’s targeted its harsh, to say it’s going to take away lot of opportunities that is easy to say,” McCrimon said. He and others at a news conference this morning want to stop this bill from ever becoming a law.
State Senator Charlie Janssen of Fremont drafted this bill last year. The need for the bill was simple to him. “When they say this hasn’t been a problem in Nebraska I would point out in the Mayoral recall there was some voter fraud that happened in that election,” Janssen said.
That’s not true says opponents, they believe fraud is not an issue and this bill hurts too many people. “You would go get you food before you got an ID, you would go pay a bill before you get an ID, so you are limiting yourself right there,” McCrimon said.