The Nebraska Legislature’s more conservative cast has given new hope this year to supporters of a bill requiring government-issued photo identification to vote. But opponents are already promising to filibuster the proposal and, if that fails, mount a legal challenge. “There will be a vigorous and very long debate, and I will do everything I can to stop it,” said State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, who is executive director of the voter advocacy group, Nebraskans for Civic Reform. Morfeld said he believes opponents have enough votes to block voter ID legislation.
On the other side, Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill declined to speculate whether he and other supporters can muster 33 votes to cut off a filibuster. “I’ll be excited to get it on the floor and see what other people have to say,” he said. “We’ll see if I have the votes.”
Larson introduced one of two voter ID proposals that will be heard by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today.
The hearing will kick off another round in a long-running national battle.