A Gretna state senator is not giving up on bringing voter identification to Nebraska. Days after an opponent of voter ID visited Omaha, Sen. John Murante called a press conference Tuesday to say he plans to introduce a package of legislation with more than one option for enacting voter ID in the state. The details are still being worked out, and the senator did not offer specifics. “I am confident that these options will preserve the integrity of our elections without turning a single lawful voter away from the polls,” Murante said.
Murante also said he would continue to fight in the coming session for Legislative Resolution 1CA, which asks Nebraskans whether they want to put a photo ID requirement in the State Constitution. If adopted by the full Legislature, ballot language on the constitutional amendment would then go before voters. In May, the resolution failed to overcome a filibuster.
State Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha opposed the resolution and at the time said voter ID is intended to discourage poor and minority voters from going to the polls.