While state lawmakers argue over the need for photo ID’s to stop allegations of vote fraud, folks we talked with want to know more. “I haven’t really heard much about it,” says Nebraska resident Justice Chwebach. “I have not heard it (voter fraud) before since you brought it up,” says Nebraska resident Theresa Veit. Ten county election commissioners interviewed by News Channel Nebraska say that in their combined 150-plus years on the job, showing a photo ID at the ballot box would not have prevented voter fraud, not once.
Still, Gretna State Senator John Murante recently introduced a bill to put the issue on the ballot this November, in order to “ensure the integrity of elections of the state.”
“Showing a photo ID, I’m not sure, I think the voter thinks it will solve a lot of problems but as having worked elections, I don’t think there’s a lot of problems to solve,” says Diane Olmer, Platte County election commissioner since 1996.