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Study Suggested for Voter ID Bill

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Secretary of State John Gale has recommended to legislators that a study be done before further proceeding with a voter ID bill currently being discuss by Nebraska's legislators.

The measure, introduced by Fremont Senator Charlie Janssen, would require voters to show government-issued photo identifications before casting a ballot. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue identification cards to qualified voters who don't have a driver's license or other IDs.

Gale said he's not sure the strictness of the bill is necessary, "I think the bill has identification standards that are the strictest among the 33 states that have Voter ID, and may be stronger than Nebraska needs."

He continued, "Since we have not experienced any systemic fraud in Nebraska, despite some occasional and isolated incidents, I'm not sure the strict standards of LB381 and the costs involved are necessarily the best answer for Nebraska."

Gale submitted a letter of testimony to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee recommending an interim study be conducted to further investigate issues of voter registration and voter fraud in Nebraska.

"I think such as study can result in a well-honed bill addressing broader issues of potential fraud, and a bill that is our own unique Nebraska Voter ID law," said Gale.

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