Sen. John Murante told the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday that a plan requiring Nebraskans to show identification before they vote would not exclude any legally entitled voters from casting a ballot. As part of Murante’s latest proposal (LB1066) to secure the state’s elections, as he put it, Nebraskans would also be entitled to receive a free government ID they could show to poll workers. LB1066 would work toward two goals Murante, of Gretna, said he wants to see accomplished in the state: preventing illegal votes from being cast while not turning anyone away from the polls who is eligible to vote.
“They are not mutually exclusive and we can accomplish both,” Murante told the committee. “I believe this bill does that.”
Under his plan, Nebraska voters would be required to show a driver’s license, state, college or university-issue ID card, passport or military ID or other designated form of identification before they could cast a ballot in a state election.
Voters without a proper ID could still cast a provisional ballot, but would be required to prove who they are to an election commissioner in person within seven days of voting.